Sachiko Lamen graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Aquatic Biology. During her undergraduate career, Sachiko worked with the Partnership for the Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO) assisting research on a network of long-term study sites monitoring and evaluating the effects of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Contributing to research that would go on to inform coastal and marine decision-making sparked her interest in ocean policy and management. After graduating, she worked to promote ocean conservation by connecting people with their environment and spreading awareness of stressors on coastal and marine ecosystems at the Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI). She developed and implemented programming focused on marine and terrestrial ecology and created various forms of media to communicate scientific content to the general public. Sachiko is currently attending the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, specializing in Coastal Marine Resource Management. She is interested in researching community-based methods of fisheries management and spatial conservation planning. She hopes to pursue a career working with coastal communities to help develop incentive- and science-based solutions that empower communities to take control of their resources and economic development.