By Roadtrip Nation

Toby Sheppard Bloch


My road in life has taken me all over.
I started my career as an administrative assistant for Congressman Bernie Sanders.
I then transitioned into corporate governance.
After gaining some experience, I co-founded a corporate governance consulting firm, where I worked for 14 years while simultaneously running my own contracting company.
I eventually decided that while I was living my best life, I could do more to contribute to humanity, so I pivoted to work in more social and community service-based spaces.
I thought I was doing my part for the planet by recycling and composting, but when my daughter came home from camp crying about the state of the climate, I realized the little things weren’t enough.
I started reading, researching, and learning about the people who were taking a systems-level approach to address the climate crisis, which led me into ocean farming.
I now work as the director of infrastructure for GreenWave, an organization that trains and supports regenerative ocean farmers in order to yield meaningful economic and climate impacts.
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High School
Reed College
Workplace Democracy and Community Ownership
The City University of New York


Director of Infrastructure

I develop facilities and systems for regenerative seaweed cultivation.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Environment & Nature
Accomplishing Goals

Day to Day

I lead up our efforts to develop the systems and processes that ocean farmers need to be successful. Some days I'll be out on the farm working on the boats. The ocean is unexpected, so boats break often. I spend a fair amount of time jumping in and troubleshooting issues that no one saw coming. I spend time with the team in the lab, understanding the biology of what we're doing. I also do a lot of partnership work. Finally, I work to synthesize our work and share it out for others to learn from.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

YouTube is a great resource to start learning about issues. It's a great way to gain more information to frame better questions if you're trying to join a space like this.

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