Staff and Board of Directors
Ana Blanco, Executive Director
Ana joined SFIOFF as Executive Director in 2011. Ana brings a passion for the ocean and more than 10 years of experience in executive nonprofit management at various organizations in the Bay Area. Most recently she served as vice president development director at BizWorld.org, an educational entrepreneurship curriculum for young students, and as donor relations officer for the San Francisco Foundation. Ana also volunteers with Blue Water Foundation, dedicated to introducing at-risk youth to the joys and challenges of sailing on the San Francisco Bay, and is a board member of Waves for Development, which has a mission of combining surf travel with benefiting the people and communities where surfing happens.
Dan Howard - President & Chair of the Education Committee
Dan joined the Board of Directors in 2012. He has been studying the marine environment in California since 1980, focusing on kelpbed ecology, predator/prey relationships, and juvenile rockfish recruitment in a coastal upwelling system. Dan worked with the National Marine Fisheries Service from 1980 to 1995, joined the National Marine Sanctuaries in 1995, and now serves as the superintendent for Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary (CBNMS). Through Dan’s leadership efforts, CBNMS is the lead sponsor of SFIOFF's Student Film Competition, now in its fifth year.
Troy Campbell - Vice President & Chair of the Publicity & Marketing Committee
Troy joined the board in 2014 after volunteering with the festival for several years. Troy serves as executive director of the Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District (CBD). He has logged over 15 years’ experience in the domestic and international travel and tourism industry, beginning his career as a national park ranger at Mt. Rainier and Badlands National Parks, and more recently serving as senior product development manager for an adventure cruise line. Troy has also assisted other nonprofits with sponsorship, marketing, website development, and fundraising, and previously ran his own freelance media company.
Teresa Chiu - Secretary & Chair of Strategic Planning
Teresa Chiu is a senior manager supporting multi-channel initiatives at Walmart eCommerce and brings to the board more than five years of extensive financial planning and analysis experience. As an avid diver and underwater photographer with diving experience in Belize, Honduras, and Indonesia, Chiu is deeply passionate about protecting the ocean, specifically from marine debris.
Jason Beck - Treasurer
Jason joined the board in 2015. He is assistant vice president of Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc., and has more than 18 years of real estate, project management, and construction management experience. Jason is an avid surfer and lover of all things ocean, traveling the world to dive and chase waves, and is passionate about sharing his love of the ocean and its creatures with children. He also pursues its healing properties both from a spiritual and medicinal standpoint.
Judy Noyes - Chair of the Opening Night Gala Committee
Judy joined the Board of Directors in 2014. Judy is a former film and television publicist and avid film aficionado, bringing her love of film and passion for the ocean to her roles with SFIOFF. As a filmmaker, she produced the award-winning documentary, Running for Jim, which tells the story of record-breaking high school running coach Jim Tracy and his battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), and his 2010 championship team that brought his story to international attention. Judy is currently a real estate sales and marketing professional with Decker Bullock International Sotheby's Realty, specializing in the southern Marin area. In her spare time, Noyes spends her time on the waters paddleboarding or on the beach watching her husband and sons catch waves.
David is the newest member to join the board after volunteering for the 2016 SFIOFF and assisting with fundraising. David is an application sales manager with Oracle, and brings more than 10 years of experience in technology sales, marketing, and strategic corporate partnerships. As a college student, his love for the ocean initially led him into the study of marine biology; although he finished with an engineering degree, his continued love of the ocean keeps him constantly exploring California's coastlines and occasionally adventuring overseas.
Krist Jake, Founder
Krist established the Festival in 2003 and, with the help of many others, has overseen its growth. He is the founder of Redwood Capital, a service provider to early stage businesses, and co-founder and former Chairman of Denali Education Center, a nonprofit in Alaska. Krist, a Princeton and Stanford grad and former officer in the United States Navy, has swum thousands of miles in San Francisco Bay and is one of the "legends" of the Original Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon. His wife, Laurie, has also been a key festival volunteer.
Dawn Glenn, Programming Coordinator
Sidney J. P. Hollister
Mary Jane Schramm