San Francisco, CA. Nixon Peabody provided pro bono assistance to the Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA), a global organization that advances the impact of startups, social entrepreneurs and youth-centered initiatives developing solutions to the greatest threats facing the ocean through its leadership and accelerator programs.
Nixon Peabody attorneys Alison Torbitt, Anita Pelletier, and Nish Hossain, and paralegal Laura Roethel recently helped obtain nonprofit 501c3 certification for the formation of SOA, which is helping launch companies creating such varied and international efforts as testing and refining wave-harvesting energy systems, developing light-emitting fishing net devices to encourage or discourage certain kinds of fish, creating compostable seaweed-based straws, as well as creating a marketplace for waste materials.
“We are incredibly grateful to Nixon Peabody for believing in our mission and supporting our work to activate young people and protect the ocean,” said Daniela V. Fernandez, Founder & CEO, Sustainable Ocean Alliance. “Thank you to the entire Nixon Peabody team for making a difference in the lives of our ocean entrepreneurs. We would not have been able to launch the accelerator program and continue our work had we not received our 501c3 certification.”