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 76% of our income to program services. Only 12% of our income is spent on administration and 12% on fundraising.

This means that for every dollar donated to Pacific Whale Foundation, 76 cents goes directly to our research, education and conservation programs. Your contribution truly makes a difference on behalf of the oceans and marine wildlife!

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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.


  • Paul Forestell, PhD
  • Paul is a tenured Professor of Psychology at Long Island University (LIU) who has served as Program Coordinator and Dean of Undergraduates at the former Southampton campus; and as associate Dean and Provost at LIU Post.

    He is currently Long Island University Dean of Service Learning and Experiential Education, and is responsible for expanding and promoting service learning and other forms of experiential education (e.g. co-ops, internships, community service, study abroad, and undergraduate research experiences) throughout the university. Paul is especially focused on the development of international academic programs that promote student participation in community service settings overseas, including LIU Global sites around the world.

    In addition to teaching and administrative positions at LIU, he has taught at the University of New Brunswick (Canada), University of Hawaii, Selkirk College (Canada), and the School for Field Studies (Beverly, MA). As an expert in marine mammal distribution and behavior, he has participated in numerous scientific workshops and government advisory groups dealing with whales, dolphins, ocean resources and science education.

    Paul is the author or co-author of 10 books and book chapters, 21 peer-reviewed articles and nearly 70 symposium reports, contract reports, scientific papers, and conference posters. He has delivered many science and public interest presentations at venues around the world, and has been a news reference for media in the US, Canada, Japan, Germany, Ecuador, Costa Rica and Australia concerning whales, dolphins, marine environments, and higher education.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

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

    Greg is an Invited Participant to the International Whaling Commission’s Scientific Committee and is 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.

  • Kristie Wrigglesworth
    Deputy 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.