The next Centennial Speaker Series at Seamen’s Church Institute of Newport will feature Michelle Carnevale, grant program director for 11th Hour Racing, on Wednesday, October 9th at 6 pm.

Carnevale leads the organization’s ocean health grant-making and will be speaking about the grant program and the organization’s work to support innovative and local solutions to improve ocean health.

Prior to joining 11th Hour Racing, Michelle spent six years at the University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center working on the state climate change adaptation plan and developing state policy and best practices for offshore wind energy development. She also taught marine science for a number of ocean-focused and sailing organizations. She holds a B.S. in Marine Ecology from Cornell University, an MBA, and an M.A. in Marine Affairs/Coastal Management from the University of Rhode Island.

This event is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $10. Reception at 5:30 pm and the presentation will begin at 6 pm. There are limited seats so registration is encouraged: Register here:

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