Katy Waters

Katy Waters

Director of Sustainability

Katy Waters

Katy is passionate about finding solutions that integrate social, economic, and environmental systems to improve the quality of life for people and the beauty of the earth. Currently living in Los Angeles, Katy is leading the Thriving Waters International’s interest and projects in marine conservation. Katy is a Sustainability Science graduate from Furman University where she specialized in quantifying critical linkages in complex systems and developed pragmatic analyses with a focus on designing and assessing integrated solutions. Formerly the Sustainability Coordinator for Delta Apparel, including the Coast and Salt Life brands, Katy led Delta’s corporate sustainability efforts and actively benchmarked competitive companies and implemented international sustainability metrics. Katy has lived in Central America where she worked for the Roatan Marine Park and cared for the 2nd largest living reef in the world. It was on the island of Roatan where Katy developed and excelled in her freediving skills to support and preserve local marine ecosystems. She has also lived in the Cloud Forest located in the upper regions of central Guatemala where she focused on multiple areas of sustainability, including agriculture, nutrition, education, and various cultural aspects for poverty alleviation working with over 50 families in the rural mountain regions. Katy has been a member of the Salt Life team of athletes as a freediver/spearfisher, has served as a model and ambassador for ocean-minded brands. Katy has been blessed to live and enjoy both the mountains and ocean, which has left her aspiring to positively change the world through innovative solutions in sustainability for improving the quality of life of future generations.

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