Paulita Bennett-Martin:

Chief of Coastal Advocacy

13517395_10153461163616910_6430996963594997921_oPaulita has a passion for coastal life, and Georgia, Florida and the Caribbean are her priority. Since 2012 she has worked in research, advocacy, and community building, focused specifically on coastal and marine areas. Just before joining the team at One Hundred Miles, Paulita was the Fisheries Outreach Coordinator for an Emory University-NOAA study, looking at the viability for a commercial Lionfish market in the USVI. She has also mapped marine debris issues, and campaigned for cleanups across Belize with Oceana Belize, Oceanic Society, and the local government identifying hot spots, and creating local community awareness. In 2015, Paulita brought this message back to Atlanta. She helped organize an international event, the Plastic Gyre symposium, where representatives of the Sierra Club, Plastic Pollution Coalition, Green Law, and City of Atlanta offices wrote a proclamation, Plastic Reduction Day, which was officially adopted on March 27th 2015. Since then Paulita has continued to advocate for the reduction of single use plastics in metro Atlanta.

Paulita graduated Summa Cum Laude from Georgia State University, Department of Geosciences, then went on to complete graduate studies at Emory University, Master’s in Development Practice program, where she focused on Sustainable Environments and Livelihoods. Paulita is driven to work in coastal communities, with an end goal to encourage healthy human relationships with wildlife and natural environments while stimulating the economies of what she believes are the most precious and vulnerable locations on earth.

Outside of work, Paulita shares as much time as possible with her husband and dog, and enjoys going on aimless and endless walks, swimming with whales, sharks and rays, and is now learning how to freedive!