Lonely Whale: Our Team

Executive Team

Dune Ives Lonely Whale

dune Ives

Dune Ives is the executive director of award-winning Lonely Whale, where she designs and leads initiatives that address environmental degradation and species decline. Through her leadership, Lonely Whale has received global recognition as one of Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas, Huffington Post’s Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Environmental Sustainability, the P4G 2018 Circular Economy Award sponsored by the Danish Government; and more. Dune has spoken at Milken Institute of Philanthropy Expert Convening, Washington Post LIVE, and as the Plenary Speaker at the 2018 Our Ocean Conference in Bali, Indonesia. Prior to Lonely Whale, Dune designed and oversaw Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Philanthropy, co-founded the Green Sports Alliance, and was among the first individuals trained by the Honorable Al Gore to deliver his presentation on global warming. Dune has a Ph.D. in Psychology from Utah State University.

Emma Riley Lonely Whale

Emma Riley

Emma Riley is the director of strategic partnerships of award-winning Lonely Whale. In her role, Emma serves as a brand strategist focused on building cross-industry and cross-culture partnerships and spearheading radically collaborative efforts that strengthen Lonely Whale’s global presence and impact.  

Her pivotal role in the development and implementation of Lonely Whale’s Strawless Ocean, a campaign that takes action against plastic pollution starting with the plastic straw, triggered both traditional and social media amplification that catapulted the campaign to a worldwide movement. Strawless in Seattle, a sub-campaign of Strawless Ocean, resulted in the permanent removal of more than 2.5 million plastic straws in Seattle in just one month while also ushering in policy change in Seattle that gave rise to a global policy movement against single-use plastic straws. Emma continues to expand and drive the Strawless Ocean initiative for Lonely Whale by working with brands such as Live Nation, AEG, Major League Baseball, The Edition Hotels, Soho House Global, Bacardi Limited and more.

A leader in strategic marketing, Emma has presented on the value of meaningful campaigns to Northside Festival, the Ministry of Ideas in Miami, New York City Design Festival, Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine UC Irvine and more. In 2018, she was recognized as a Rubicon Global Waste Fit Champion and as one of the top 100 up and coming female culture creators in the United States by PureWow. Emma has also been featured in Brooklyn Magazine, Women’s Health Magazine, MindBodyGreen and L'Express, amongst others. Emma is a mentor and judge with the ADO Water Futures challenge, specializing in solutions designed within a marketing and communication framework.

Emy Kane Lonely Whale

Emy Kane

Emy is the director of digital strategy of award-winning Lonely Whale and program manager of the Ocean Heroes Bootcamp. The social media powerhouse spearheaded the #StopSucking campaign, the global award-winning viral social media challenge, which has since earned transcription into over 25 languages, including the six official United Nations languages, and has reached nearly 350 million viewers across 40 countries. Inspired to leverage the best-in-class digital and communications strategies for good, Emy uses her creative skillset to drive measurable impact on behalf of the ocean.

Emy has been recognized by Passion Passport as a top social media thought leader and practitioner and has presented at the third UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi; PVBLIC Foundation Media for Social Impact Summit hosted at UN headquarters; the Global Citizen Movement Makers Summit; Climate Woke artists retreat, an exclusive reception for public figures to discuss the intersectionality of climate change and race; Defend Our Future’s Youth Fly In Dinner, and others.

Advisory Board

Adrian Grenier Co-Founder of Lonely Whale

Adrian Grenier

Co-Founder, Campaign Strategy

Lucy Sumner Co-Founder of Lonely Whale

Lucy Sumner

Co-Founder, Operations & Growth Strategy

Coralie Charriol-Paul React To Film Lonely Whale

Coralie Charriol-Paul

Media Strategy Advisor

Chase Jarvis Creative Live Lonely Whale

Chase Jarvis

Campaign and Media Strategy Advisor

Kelly Green Lonely Whale

Kelly Green

Fundraising Strategy Advisor

Eric Brisson Lonely Whale

Eric Brisson

Analytics and Impact Advisor

Sarah Elizabeth Ippel Academy For Global Citizenship Lonely Whale

Sarah Elizabeth Ippel

Education Strategy Advisor

Vipe Desai Ocean Champions Lonely Whale

Vipe Desai

NGO Growth Strategy Advisor

Thomas Kamei Lonely Whale

Thomas Kamei

Growth and Impact Advisor

Dennis Paul Lonely Whale

Dennis Paul

Growth and Partnerships Advisor

Henry Pincus Lonely Whale

Henry Pincus

Strategic Advisor