"There are three things that need to happen in fashion. One is we need to stop making clothes that people are throwing away. Two, we need to really think about how we are manufacturing. Three, we need to move towards washing machines that have [microplastic] filters in place."   


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Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff engages stakeholders on solutions for people, planet, and profit. Her expertise is in fundraising, strategic partnerships, communications, and strategic planning, with an emphasis on climate and conservation. She also teaches  communications to students enrolled in the UCSB Environmental Leadership Incubator program.


A team and thought leader, Rachel was Executive Director of ocean conservation non-profit the 5 Gyres Institute, where she oversaw the establishment of new science, education, and advocacy campaigns in the United States, including a STEM curriculum and experiential education program for at-risk youth, as well as zero-waste initiatives in Southeast Asia. Under her leadership, the organization received special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.  

A former journalist and founder of EcoStiletto and, Rachel understands intuitively how storytelling connects with cause to amplify impact. She has appeared on the “Today Show" and "CNN,” among others, and authored The Big List of Things That Suck (2014) and The Mommy Greenest Guide to Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond (2015). 


An accomplished speaker, Rachel has given talks at XPRIZE Visioneering (2019), TEDxSantaBarbara (2017 and 2019), VOICES UK (2018), and Women in Green (2017), among many others; she was named one of New Hope Network's Top 100 Responsible Health & Wellness Influencers of 2020. Rachel is also a "Expressing Motherhood" and KPCC "UnheardLA" storyteller

"'We see kids as young as 7 and 8 fired up to change the world,' says Rachel Sarnoff, a sustainability strategist who facilitates the guardian track at Ocean Heroes Bootcamp an annual youth summit to reduce plastic pollution. '[But] parents should also have conversations about what to expect.'"     




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Rachel was exceptional in her consultant role with us. She communicated with us extremely well and constantly provided status updates to the work she was performing. Her work went a long way, and I always felt like she was looking for ways to help drive our mission.

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Rachel Sarnoff is changing our world! Her passionate and inspiring work: to educate and advocate for our children, our health and our environment -- is contagious...I feel honored and blessed to have worked with her and deeply admire her strong work ethic, integrity and voracious intelligence.



Rachel has been instrumental in making the case for our technology and evolving the narrative around waste to value in the sector...Not many people can pull off that type of shift and we could not have done that without Rachel's integrity, brilliance, credibility and tenacity.