Financials & Leadership


Pacific Whale Foundation is a 501(c)(3) IRS tax-exempt charitable organization dedicated to protecting our oceans through science and advocacy. We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. We also publish detailed financial information in our 990 Forms and in our reviewed annual reports.


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Pacific Whale Foundation is funded through fundraising events, grants, corporate gifts, memberships, our Adopt A Marine Animal program, donations from supporters worldwide, and profits from our merchandise sales and our educational ecotours.

We work hard to keep our administrative costs as low as possible. We are proud to say that we devote 62% of our income to program services. Only 20% of our income is spent on administration and 18% on fundraising.

Your contribution truly makes a difference on behalf of the ocean and marine wildlife!


View the complete list of 2018 PWF supporters HERE. Mahalo for your support. We couldn’t do it without you.

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Our Board of Directors is comprised of visionary leaders who have real-world skills and experience in science, education, conservation, finance, business management, entrepreneurship, legal governance and non-profit leadership. Most of all, our board members bring a commitment to Pacific Whale Foundation’s mission: protecting our oceans through science and advocacy.

  • Chevron down Greg Kaufman
  • Greg is the Founder of Pacific Whale Foundation and author of numerous books, scientific papers, and popular publications on cetaceans. A pioneer in noninvasive humpback whale research in the mid-1970s, Greg founded Pacific Whale Foundation in 1980 to educate the public, from a scientific perspective, about whales and their ocean habitat.

    Greg oversaw the longest running humpback whale research program off Australia (began in 1984), and has studied humpbacks in Hervey Bay since 1987. He was a world leader in addressing whale protection issues, and has pioneered responsible dolphin and whalewatching programmes throughout the Pacific.

    Greg was an Invited Participant to the International Whaling Commission’s Scientific Committee and was a contributor to the subcommittees on Whalewatching, Southern Hemisphere Whales, and Human Induced Mortality in Marine Mammals. He also co-led the United Nations Environmental Programme’s Regional Workshop on Marine Mammal Watching in the Wider Caribbean Region, led the Indian Ocean Rim Association Whale and Dolphin Workshop, and has directed trainings for Whale and Dolphin Watching in Oman. Greg has also served multiple roles on the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Committee.

  • Chevron down Kristie Wrigglesworth
    Executive Director
  • Kristie is the Deputy Executive Director of Pacific Whale Foundation and manages day-to-day operations. She has been a lifelong advocate for animals and is passionately committed to protecting marine mammals and their environment. Kristie obtained her B.A. in Law and Justice from Central Washington University and her J.D. Cum Laude from Seattle University, where she studied animal law. She is licensed to practice law in Washington State and the State of Hawaii.

  • Chevron down Eric Brown, PhD, MS
  • Eric is a Marine Ecologist for Kalaupapa National Historical Park on the island of Moloka’i. He is a former Marine Research Contractor for Hawaii Wildlife Fund (HWF) and other agencies, Habitat Research Specialist for the State of Hawaii’s Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR), Marine Science Advisor for Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission (KIRC), and Graduate Research Assistant and Database Manager on the Coral Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program (CRAMP) for the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB).

    Eric has a PhD in Zoology from the University of Hawaii – Honolulu, where he studied spatial and temporal differences in reef coral populations. He also holds a Master’s in Biology from Texas A&M and Bachelor’s in Marine Biology from Occidental College. He has served as an advisory board member for the ‘Āhihi-Kīna’u working group, coral survey research assistant, dive supervisor, and water quality principal Investigator. Eric was also a Senior Research Associate and Coral Reef Research Director at Pacific Whale Foundation.

    Eric has taught a range of Marine Biology related courses, and he holds numerous Diving Certifications. He is a member of the International Society for Reef Studies, American Geophysical Union, George Wright Society, and Hawaii Conservation Alliance. Eric was named the 2014 National Park Service (Pacific West Region) Research Scientist of the Year.

  • Chevron down Kevin Wood, PhD, MS
  • Kevin obtained his Ph.D. in Operations Research from the University of California at Berkeley, where he studied combinatorial optimization, network and system reliability, computer science, and statistics. He also holds a Master’s degree in Operations Research from Columbia University and Bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from the University of Portland.

    Kevin is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Operations Research Department, at the Naval Postgraduate School, where he formerly served as Associate Dean of Research. He is the recipient of the AIAA Homeland Security Award, Naval Postgraduate School Research Recognition Award, and Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation.

    Kevin has authored or co-authored over 50 scientific publications. He is fluent in Swedish and lives in Monterey, CA.

  • Chevron down Wayne White
  • Wayne received his BA and MA in biological sciences (emphasis in marine biology and ichthyology) from California State University at Fullerton. Graduated from US Department of Interior Manager Development Program has 31 years with US Fish and Wildlife Service and has been Chief of the Endangered Species Program, Region 1 FWS. Received US Department of Interior Mauritius Award.

MK September 2018
  • Chevron down Mary Kate Rosack
  • MaryKate “MK” has over 14 years experience in marketing and brand management with Procter & Gamble and Darden Restaurants, and is currently Director of Marketing for Olive Garden. MK has a Bachelor of Science in Advertising and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Florida and is working on a Certificate of Nonprofit Management from Rollins College Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership. MK is passionate about protecting our world’s oceans and whales.

  • Chevron down Paul Forestell, PhD
    Advisor for International Programs
  • Paul was born in Canada and obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of New Brunswick, and a Ph.D. in comparative psychology from the University of Hawaii. He has been affiliated with Pacific Whale Foundation since 1981. His research focuses on dolphin cognition; humpback whale social patterns; and educational programs in marine tourism settings. Paul is internationally recognized for developing naturalist training programs and promoting low impact whale and dolphin watching. He served as Professor of Psychology at Southampton College; Provost at Long Island University; and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Keuka College in New York. Paul retired from Keuka College in July of 2018 to pursue his involvement with Pacific Whale Foundation as Advisor for International Programs, following the death of Founder and President, Greg Kaufman.

  • Chevron down Josephine Malano-Dando
  • Josephine grew up on Maui and attended the University of Hawaii, Hilo, where she obtained her Bachelor’s in Business Administration. She earned her Master’s degree in Accounting and Management at Walden University and worked as Controller and Financial Officer for Maui Tropical Plantation, and as Controller for Pacific Whale Foundation.