AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles, a public-private initiative working to build a marine research center on the San Pedro waterfront, has announced a $5 million gift from Richard and Melanie Lundquist in support of its ocean sustainability programs.
Launched in 2015 with a $20 million gift from the Annenberg Foundation, AltaSea is focused on expanding science-based understanding of the ocean, incubating and sustain ocean-related businesses, and pioneering ocean-related education programs. The Lundquists made the gift in memory of Leonard Aube, the late Annenberg Foundation executive director who was the driving force behind the initiative.
Built on a historic pier with access to the deep ocean, AltaSea's thirty-five-acre "campus for innovation" will be the new home of the Southern California Marine Institute, which is relocating from its Terminal Island location, and will feature research facilities and a science center in converted warehouses as well as newly constructed buildings.
"We lost Len way too soon. When he showed me the plans on paper for AltaSea, he made them jump off the page. He had an inexplicable passion for what AltaSea could be for our young people, for entrepreneurs interested in the blue economy, and most importantly for helping find solutions to combat climate change," said Richard Lundquist. "Melanie and I felt compelled to ensure that any money we would give to AltaSea should advance Len's memory and in doing so, recognize the investment of time and resources he made along with Wallis Annenberg and the Annenberg Foundation."