Carolyn Groobey

Carolyn Groobey

Carolyn Groobey has been an avid sailboat racer for over 20 years, primarily on her J/105, J/70 and Gunboat catamaran.  Some of her favorite racing has been in IODs in Northeast Harbor, ME. For the last two years, the sea has been her home as she, her husband, Chris, and two Labradors embarked on an extended cruise from British Columbia, through the Panama Canal, up through Nova Scotia and down to the Caribbean. She plans to cruise the Mediterranean and Northern Europe over the next few years. Her home base is Annapolis, MD, and the Chesapeake Bay. She has been on the board of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for ten years and is currently the vice chairman.  

Professionally, Carolyn has over 25 years of experience in operating, marketing and strategy roles in Fortune 500, start up, public sector and not for profit organizations. She is currently an active investor and advisor in several start up companies. She is the former Vice President of Product Development at PayPal and Partner at McKinsey & Company. She received her MBA from Cornell University and Bachelor of Science from University of Delaware.

What is your earliest memory of the ocean?
As a child we spent the summers at the New Jersey shore.  We went to the beach every day we could, riding the waves and digging up clams. The ocean was my happy place then and still is today.

What is the biggest threat to preserving the ocean and local waters for future generations?
The biggest threat to preserving the ocean and local waters is the fact that the large majority of the ocean falls outside the jurisdiction of any one State. While there are global conventions in place, management governance, and compliance are highly inadequate.

 

Why did you choose to get involved with an organization focused on ocean conservation?
In my work with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation over the past decade, I have seen how education, advocacy, and when required, litigation, can be used to improve the health of a body of water. The ocean is the single largest ecosystem and plays a central role in all life on earth. Organizations like Sailors for the Sea are sorely needed to reverse the decline of our ocean health.