David Hance

Chief Operating Officer

David joined the executive management team of Sea Shepherd in 2016, after being a member of the organization since 2009.  David has served as an on shore volunteer, crew-member on the ships and also spent two years as the organization’s campaign coordinator. Currently, David oversees the organization’s daily operations, and after spending 11 years in private business management and operational roles, he brings a vast network of experiences to the team.

In 2007, David launched a private investigation firm in Southern California, with the focus on Civil Rights and Criminal Defense cases.  David’s firm became one of the most sought after firms by attorneys in the greater Los Angeles area, due to their hard work and diligence in protecting and defending human rights. David continues to be an advisor and vanguard to local civil rights investigators, fighting for universal equal rights.

David is also equally zealous about the state of our oceans and the atrocities that occur in the seas around the world. 


Farrah Smith

Director, Major Gifts

Farrah Smith joined Sea Shepherd in 2011. She is responsible for strategic relationships with major donors, high-profile personalities, and advisory board members. A fierce advocate of the oceans and marine wildlife, she is also the executive producer of The Grind of the Faroe Islands, a documentary film featuring Sea Shepherd’s campaign to protect pilot whales in the Danish Isles. Farrah also oversees Sea Shepherd Productions, a subsidiary of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society that develops docu-series content for film, TV, and new media.    

After viewing the popular reality television series Whale Wars, Farrah was inspired by Captain Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherd crew as they risked their lives on the high seas to defend whales in the Southern Ocean. In the aftermath, Farrah decided to utilize her extensive experience in strategic partnerships, marketing and talent relations to help raise funds and awareness for Sea Shepherd. Prior to joining Sea Shepherd, Farrah was the Director of Relationship Marketing for W Hotels Worldwide as well as the VIP Sales Director of City Center Residential—Las Vegas’s premiere, luxury high-rise community.

Farrah is member of former Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps. She was trained by Al Gore and world-renowned climate scientists on how to inspire action and lead the fight for a sustainable future.


Fox Deatry

Director, Media and Communications

With more than a decade experience in global communications, crisis management, media and talent relations, outreach campaigns and new media, Fox is the newest member of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society executive team. He oversees the organization’s strategic communications, narrative, and media and digital-content initiatives. He was previously the head of media and talent relations for the Movember Foundation, the leading global non-profit dedicated to men’s health. Prior to this, Fox was the senior manager of public relations for Livestrong.

Fox also served as the senior executive for media, government affairs and public relations at Al Jazeera Media Network where he played an integral role in the launch of Al Jazeera America and AJ+ while heading the communication initiatives for Al Jazeera English across the Americas. He led the Network’s SABRE award-winning campaign #JournalismIsNotACrime, which called for the unconditional release of its journalists who were detained in Egypt. During his tenure, the Network received numerous accolades including its first Emmy, Gracies, Peabody, Webbys and BAFTA. Through his strong press relationships, the Network gained positive write-ups on The New York Times, Vogue, The Washington Post, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, The Los Angeles Times and USA Today. Fox is a graduate of The George Washington University School of Political Management. He is an honorary board member and advisor to the Society of LGBT Entertainment Critics.