Oceans 5



New York City, NY

Tax-Exempt Status:





Donor Collaborative

Executive Director:

J. Charles Fox

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Oceans 5 is a left-of-center environmentalist organization sponsored by the liberal Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA). 1 Oceans 5 has donated close to $80 million to create marine sanctuaries worldwide and to prevent fishing and exploration in those areas. 2

It is a funders collaborative of different left-leaning environmentalist funders that includes the Oak Foundation, Bloomberg Family Foundation, the Marisla Foundation, and the Wyss Foundation. Oceans 5 is promoted by liberal actor Leonardo DiCaprio and fiscally supported through the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. 3


Oceans 5 prioritizes funding to groups in the sanctuary creation, enforcement and protection areas including the left-of-center advocacy groups Pew Charitable Trusts, Nature Conservancy, Greenpeace, and Environmental Defense Fund. 4


J. Charles Fox is the executive director for Oceans 5. Fox formerly served under President Barack Obama in the Environmental Protection Agency and was appointed the administration’s “Great Lakes Czar” responsible for coordinating environmentalist regulation in the region. 5

Liberal actor Leonardo DiCaprio is a partner and also a board member of Oceans 5. 6 In 2014, DiCaprio was named United Nations Messenger of Peace For Climate Change7 and gave a motivational speech for the signing of the Paris Accords on Earth Day. 8 He has supported the activism of controversial Swedish youth environmentalist Greta Thunberg, called for more governmental regulations on business, supported taxation to put the fossil fuel industry out of business, and created his own climate change doomsday documentary, The 11th Hour. 9

Anne G. Earhart10 is a Getty Oil heiress, and a founding partner of Oceans 5 who donates millions to pro-environmentalist Democratic political candidates. Earhart founded the Oceans 5 partner organization Marisla Foundation, a left-of-center group that funds left-of-center organizations like Media Matters and the Center for American Progress. 11

Heather Zichal is on the board for Oceans 5 and is the Executive Director of Blue Prosperity Coalition,12 an Oceans 5 partner. She has a long history of working for Democratic politicians including former U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-MA) and President Barack Obama as a political advisor on climate change. 13 Zichal is known for her anti-coal industry positions and opposition to oil exploration in Alaska. 14 She has worked as a climate change advisor to former Vice President Joe Biden and has spoken out against Senator Bernie Sanders’ (D-Vermont) environmentalist policies, describing his plans as myths, deceptions, and voter-depressing untruths. 15

Jim Angell serves on the board for Oceans 5 and also its partner organization the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation. 16 He is an environmental and climate change activist and spent twenty years as an attorney for the left-of-center Earthjustice,17 an environmentalist law firm that has received funding from the Tides Center, among other left-wing institutions. 18

Founding Partner Organizations

Oceans 5 has a number of founding partner organizations with the same political agenda.

Bloomberg Philanthropies is a founding member of Oceans 519 and has funded left-of-center causes like opposing the coal industry, anti-gun legislation, Planned Parenthood and other abortion advocates, social program funding, and policies to restrict the freedom of individual’s dietary choices. 20

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is a supporter of Oceans 5. Its radical environmentalist philosophy features a strategy of controlling human population growth. 21 The Packard Foundation has been the global leader in funding services to reduce the human population in developing nations. 22


Oceans 5 is a project of the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA), a left-of-center donor that has funded other advocacy organizations including the New Venture Fund, Planned Parenthood, and Allied Media Projects. 23   


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Oceans 5

New York City, NY