Pamela Jackson Co-Founder & CEO of EverythingOceans, Inc., Speaker, Author, Ocean Expert, Professional Aquarist.
Pamela Jackson was born with gills. Well, not really, but given the depth of her love for all things under the sea, she might as well have been. A professional Aquarist, children’s book author and Head Content Developer for the internationally acclaimed EverythingOceans® social media campaign, with over 100,000 k ocean loving followers.
Pamela’s life mission is to inspire and equip the next generation to become powerful ocean stewards.Known for her unparalleled ability to demystify animals that call the ocean home, Pamela’s love affair with aquatic life began when she was just five years old in Chicago. While other little girls took their dolls wherever they went, Pamela took Goldie—the goldfish she won at the state fair. Fast forward a few years and Pamela’s home practically transformed into an underwater reef-complete with various salt water tanks and countless ocean species.
Pamela moved to Laguna Beach and went on to graduate with honors from the esteemed Aquarium and Aquaculture Science Program at Saddleback College. She quickly became known as a distinguished marine ocean educator in public aquarium facilities. Today, she’s a sought-after public speaker that partners with parents and teachers and organizations worldwide in educating children about ocean life and the importance of ocean conservation and stewardship.
Pamela Jackson is a professional Aquarist, children’s award winning picture book author and writes for the popular global education ‘EverythingOceans®’ campaign with over 100,000 people on our social media world wide. Designed to help children and adults understand why the oceans and its inhabitants matter in a fun and exciting way.
David is the co-founder & serves on the Board of Directors of EverythingOceans, Inc.
David attended Purdue University Krannert School of Management and Graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and a Minor in Marketing and Information Systems. He also attended The University of Wisconsin at Madison and Northwestern University in Chicago for additional coursework.
David moved to Chicago to work for The Northern Trust Bank as a Financial Advisor and Trust Officer of 10 years. He attained his CFP® Certified Financial Planner designation from the College of Financial Planning in Denver Colorado and represented the CFP® as a Volunteer Educator for Junior Achievement helping to inspire and prepare our youth to succeed in a global economy.
David relocated to California and opened his own investment management firm, Jackson & Jackson consulting for 15 years. He was also a Treasurer on an HOA Board of Directors
Our MISSION STATEMENT:
Our mission is to inspire people to create a personal connection with the ocean and its animals by learning how oceans effect us, our lives and why oceans matter.
OUR VISION STATMENT:
Create a world where the vast majority of people are inspired by the oceans and the animals that live there. Empowering people to become effective ocean stewards.
When I was a little girl I loved animals and had lots of different kinds of animals. I considered them my best friends. When people asked me, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I answered, “I want to be a veterinarian”. As a child I had very bad allergies and at one point I was told I’ll never be able to be a veterinarian. Although I was young I took the news pretty hard, I was inconsolable. I remember crying a lot and blaming myself for not being a good girl.
My parents took me to a fair where I won a goldfish in a Ping-Pong ball toss and I felt proud of myself. I vividly remember crawling into the backseat of our family car holding the plastic bag with my little orange fish swimming around and I whispered her name, “Goldie”.
On our way home we stopped at the pet store to buy her a bowl complete with pink gravel and a green plastic plant. I learned how to take care of her, feed her, change her water and keep her bowl clean. I watched her swim around for hours, I even used to pet her. In kindergarten we had show and tell. I took Goldie and explained how I took care of her and that I'm not allergic to her.
Eventually I wanted Goldie to have friends, so we got a larger tank. I fell in love with fish! Fast forward a couple of years and my family room was transported into a living reef complete with saltwater tanks and countless ocean species. Instead of watching cartoons, my parents would plunk me in front of the tanks and I'd watch for hours, fascinated by their behaviors and I named all of them. Clownfish snuggled in their anemones, puffer fish would follow my finger around like puppy dogs. A yellow tang would use its tail to wapp a ribbon eel in the face. The Queen angel was the most beautiful colorful fish and swam along like she owned the tank
Later I moved to Southern California and decided to sign up for some classes at a nearby collage. On campus I saw a sign that said, ‘learn how to take care of your saltwater fish tank’. I was curious so I enrolled in the Aquarium and Aquaculture Science program, graduated with honors and became a Professional Aquarist. I began working at public aquariums with hundreds of animals in huge tanks. I was in my element and excited about giving public presentations. The public kept asking the same questions over and over. Out of the blue, like a lightning bolt, the thought hit me!
I drove home that day and told my husband David, I think we need to work together in the largest tank on the planet… He looked me and knew exactly what I meant. The oceans need our help, and we can help them by reaching a worldwide audience! He smiled at me, agreed and said, “yes we should do this for our planet.
This is how ‘EverythingOceans’ began, with a vision of how we could help the oceans and the animals that call it home. EverythingOceans is organically growing by leaps and bounds. It’s amazing how people from all over the world are responding to our simple message. Our social media has 75 thousand people following us from around the globe.
We engage, educate, and empower people to be Ocean Champions! Did you know that every second breath you take is from oxygen generated by the oceans? Do you feel helpless about the plight of our oceans or do you just want to make a difference? Join us for 10 minutes a week and see how fun and easy it is to be an effective ocean champion, so you can make a difference!