Laura Parker Roerden is the founder and director of Ocean Matters, a nonprofit that brings young people ages 15+ to perform service projects on scuba to help save threatened marine resources. She is also a fourth generation farmer.
Laura has consulted to many different educational outreach projects that develop social responsibility in young people including the school bullying prevention project Operation Respect founded by Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary; Ben & Jerry’s Peace Pop campaigns; and projects by the National Basketball Associations, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and Pokemon USA to name a few. She is the former managing editor of New Designs for Youth Development magazine and former publisher/managing editor at Educators for Social Responsibility.
She is the author of numerous articles and books about the social, emotional, and ethical development of young people and has keynoted at several events including Blue Mind 3 and the Tea for the Sea at Mote Aquarium. She has a masters of education from Harvard University and a BA in English and Communications from Boston College.
Laura serves on the boards of Women Working for Oceans, an affiliate of the New England Aquarium, and Earth Ltd. of Southwicks Zoo. She is also a member of the Pleiades Network: A Constellation of Women Working in Sustainability and lives on Jo-Erl Farm, a fifth generation family farm in Massachusetts, with her husband, three boys, and an assortment of fruit trees and farm animals.