Emily is a scientist and educator, who is passionate about science communication, and using scientific understanding as a mechanism to empower decision-makers at local, state and global levels. A 2017 NOAA Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy fellow and a member of the staff of the Oceanographer of the Navy, she worked on marine, climate and Arctic security and policy. She has first-hand knowledge of remote communities in the Arctic, Africa and the central Pacific Ocean, who are disproportionately affected by impacts of climate change.
Emily is interested in the impact of climate and environmental changes on societies. Through this lens, and that of an educator, coach and athlete, Emily believes that empowering women and girls is a key to advancing peace and security on a global scale. She became aware of Rockflower through Youth Advisory Board members Francesca and Lulu Ward. She is grateful and thrilled to partner with Rockflower to promote the Five Keys and support the S.O.U.L. Foundation Deliver With Dignity Campaign!
When not contemplating the consequences of environmental change, Emily can be found trying to keep up with Taylor, hiking, skiing, cycling and rowing, and spending time with their wonderful family, friends and yellow lab, Morgan. She and Taylor are honored to begin a partnership with Rockflower in celebration of their wedding.
Taylor is high school mathematics teacher who in his work in boarding schools strives to empower young people as students, athletes, and members of their community. His passion for this work stems from the opportunity to get to know his students as multifaceted individuals and work with them at a time when they are figuring out who they are and how they want to impact the world. Oftentimes, people speak of teachers who inspire their students, but Taylor is attracted to teaching as much for the opportunity to be energized by his students’ passions. In fact, it was his work with two of his former students and current Youth Advisory Board members - Francesca and Lulu Ward - who inspired his interest in Rockflower.
Having had the opportunity to work with dynamic and inspiring young women in his career, Taylor is convinced that investing in and empowering young women and girls is the key to the future. Taylor and his fiance, Emily, are excited to partner with Rockflower to promote the Five Keys and support the S.O.U.L. Foundation Deliver With Dignity Campaign.
Beyond teaching, Taylor is most interested in exploring the outdoors in any form with Emily and their yellow lab, Morgan. He can most often be found running, rowing, cycling, or hiking. Taylor and Emily are honored to begin a partnership with Rockflower in celebration of their upcoming wedding.
Luca is enrolled at The University of British Columbia in the Natural Resources Conservation program where he also works as a research assistant in forest ecology.
His life changed when he spent a summer working alongside the community of El Astillero in Southwestern Nicaragua. Struck by the happiness of the local community, despite their difficult circumstances, he was inspired to show his gratitude by working to improve the lives of the local people through a series of community and conservation programs. This work resulted in Luca, and fellow Youth Advisory Board member, Sol Rodriguez, founding Casa Congo.
Casa Congo focuses on building ecosystems that provide solutions that make communities more resilient in today’s environmental uncertainty.
Sol is about to finish an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering at the University of British Columbia. He is a passionate entrepreneur with a strong sense of direction of what he wants to do and how he wants to make a positive impact on people’s lives.
His education background has sparked a passion to design and build sustainable cities. As a native of Nicaragua, the second poorest country in Central America, he has seen the stark contrast between social classes.
His dream is to set standards for sustainable development in rural communities around the globe. He believes that development can coexist with nature, while fostering long-term economic growth. In order to pursue his passion, he co-founded Casa Congo with Youth Advisory Board member Luca Marsaglia.
Francesca is a second year student at the University of British Columbia studying Conservation of Natural Resources in the Faculty of Forestry. As an avid skier, surfer, and climber, she sees British Columbia as the perfect place to live and study.
For her high school senior project, Francesca created a prototype Rockflower surfboard and plans to work with socially conscious companies to develop a line of boards that are designed “for” and “about” girls and women, raising money and awareness for the five keys of Rockflower. Francesca is currently spending the summer living in Nicaragua working with one of Rockflower's partners - Casa Congo - helping to teach surf lessons, English classes, create women’s empowerment and leadership programs, as well as doing conservation field work in the local protected area of Astillero.