About the partners


The David and Lucile Packard Foundation was created in 1964 by David Packard (1912–1996), the co-founder of the Hewlett-Packard Company, and Lucile Salter Packard (1914–1987). Throughout their lives in business and philanthropy, the Packards sought to use private funds for the public good, giving back to a society which enabled them to prosper. This project is sponsored by the Marine Fisheries program of the Foundation.

Ashoka is the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs—men and women with system changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems. Since 1981, Ashoka has elected over 2,000 leading social entrepreneurs as Ashoka Fellows, providing them with living stipends, professional support, and access to a global network of peers in more than 60 countries. With its global community Ashoka develops models for collaboration and design infrastructure needed to advance the field of social entrepreneurship and the citizen sector.

Central is a design strategy firm that works on complex problem solving for organizations large and small. Using a design process, Central partners with client organizations to uncover human needs, and co-creates innovative solutions for implementation and impact. Firm believers in the process of design as one approach for problem solving, the Central team consists of producers, writers, artists, anthropologists, storytellers, strategists, and architects.