Oceana, the world’s largest international ocean conservation group, announced today that effective January 12th 2015 Alyssa Carnegie has joined their team in Belize as its Communications Director. “We are ecstatic that Alyssa has decided to join us,” enthused Oceana Belize Vice President, Janelle Chanona. “Alyssa’s ability to be simultaneously articulate and ardent will be significant assets in helping Oceana achieve policy victories that protect Belize’s amazing barrier reef and the marine resources on which so many Belizeans depend.”
Carnegie’s work experience, which includes service to Belize as the Director of Marketing and Industry Relations for the Belize Tourism Board, bolsters her impressive educational background. At the BTB, Alyssa managed both local and global relationships, interacted with media from across the world and implemented marketing strategies which focused on online platforms and improved general trade relations. She has also previously worked in the public sector as the Director of the Government Press Office; in the private sector as a project coordinator for the Belize Chamber of Commerce, the largest private sector membership based organization; and as a news reporter for Great Belize Productions, News 5. Carnegie holds a Master’s Degree in International Political Economy from the University of Warick in the United Kingdom and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies and Political Science from Wheeling Jesuit University in the United States.
“I am excited to start a new challenge by working with Oceana and look forward to becoming a member of the team to further develop their already extensive platform on ocean conservation in Belize. I am fortunate to be joining such a respected organization that prides itself on being solution oriented.”
In January, Carnegie will immediately begin to work on the office’s three campaigns: banning offshore oil in Belizean waters; banning destructive fishing gear such as gillnets and increasing protection for juvenile fish. “Having worked in tourism, where much of our country’s allure and market positioning stem from the diversity of experiences country wide, it is apparent and imperative that we preserve these experiences not only for visitors, but locals alike, for generations to come. Being a part of this movement is important not only for conservation purposes, but also for sustainable economic growth and development.”
Welcome aboard Alyssa!