Executive Director, Lonely Whale
Dune Ives is the Executive Director of award-winning Lonely Whale, an incubator for courageous ideas that drive impactful market-based change on behalf of our ocean. Ives designs and leads change-making initiatives that address key drivers of environmental degradation and species decline. Under Ives’ leadership, efforts by Lonely Whale to reduce ocean-bound plastic have earned recognition as one of Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas, Huffington Post’s Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Environmental Sustainability in 2017, and highest honors from the Effy, Shorty, and ADDY Awards in 2018. Ives’ expertise in sustainability and environmental business issues across industries, coupled with a Ph.D. in Psychology, allow for her innovative yet practical approach to resolving challenges for our environment. Notably, Ives designed and oversaw Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Philanthropy, co-founded The Green Sports Alliance, and was chosen as one of four “Environmental Champions of 2017” by InsideHook. Ives’ contributions also include global speaking engagements at conferences including 61MDC, GLOBE 2018, Plastics Recycling Conference, Washington Post LIVE, Milken Institute of Philanthropy Expert Covening, and Dell Technologies World. She has been featured in Fast Company, NPR, CNN, Grist, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, and Washington Post, to name a few.
It’s a Thursday so my goal for today is to make sure everything is set for next week and all of my weekend playdates for my son are arranged.
I really love where I live. Seattle in the fall is one of the most beautiful places on the planet and I’m grateful to be able to live in such a progressive city.
Two actions, really. First meditate so I can clear my head and get focused and second take my vitamins so I don’t get the cold my son has.
Organize all of our winter coats we no longer need to donate to those who need them.
Be open to others ideas and perspectives so that I can learn something new today.
What do you love most about Your City?
What’s not to love about Seattle? I’m from Alaska originally so I don’t mind the rain or damp weather in the fall or winter because, well, it isn’t pitch dark. The fall foliage is incredible and I’m fortunate to see the Olympic mountains with their snow caps (thankfully) and able to hop on a passenger ferry to scoot across to the city and catch Mount Rainer in the distance as we go across the Puget Sound. The people are progressive and love the outdoors and everyone is just nice. It’s a great place to raise my son.
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
Breakfast always includes coffee and an arugula salad with avocado and tomato. Favorite restaurant is the Easy Street Record Store on the corner of California and Alaska in my neighborhood, West Seattle. It has an insane vegan breakfast choice – The James Browns – and tons of grunge era memorabilia that takes me back to college.
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – At 6am every day I am home I’m waking up next to my sweet 4.5 year old, Rye. He always jumps into bed with me and my husband and he’s too snuggly for me to rise any earlier. When I’m traveling I’m up and at ‘em and in the gym to get my day started – it’s the only thing that helps me recover from any jet lag followed next by coffee and a power work session to clear any emails that came in from Asia or the UK while I was sleeping.
10:00 AM – By 10am I am well into a serious run of work calls, emails and deliverables and sadly already finished with my second cup of coffee. On Thursdays we have a check in with our PR team at 10am to review media and speaking opportunities for our entire team, discuss progress on the latest pitch for our Ocean Heroes Bootcamp highlighting our recent grant recipients and discussing the plan for the rest of the year.
12:00 PM – Favorite Lunch spot/meal?
My favorite lunch spot is my kitchen counter. I travel so much that when I’m home I’m hunkered down in my home office and lunch is whatever is left over from dinner the night before, which is always amazing because of my husband’s incredible gluten free and vegan cooking (I may live off of arugula salads and raw almonds if it weren’t for him). We’re really fortunate to have a kitchen with windows that look West to the Olympic mountains. Looking at them everyday reminds me of how fortunate we are to have the rain and how urgent our environmental crisis is – when there is snow on the mountain tops I feel slightly better and when there isn’t I’m using lunchtime to reflect on whether we are working hard and smart enough.
7:00 PM – 7pm is either bath time or swim lessons for my son. Either way he is in the water and my husband and I are taking a little bit of a breather from the day before getting our sweet boy into bed with an adventure story (his favorite).
11:00 PM – I usually fall asleep with my son around 8pm so by 11pm I’m well into my deep, deep sleep. My team at Lonely Whale is always saying that I never sleep. The truth is that I sleep a lot. Some nights I actually get 10 hours of sleep – it’s true. We work so hard during the day and it’s really important to keep both your mind and your body healthy so that you can be as productive and focused at work as you possibly can. Getting a full night sleep every night is a really important part of that equation.
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
Coffee is critical to my morning routine and always has been. In fact, I can recall my grandparents always having the coffee pot on and full in their house! But no more than two cups or I’m talking at 300 mph, which isn’t good for anyone. Next is sparkling water and as much of it as I can remember to drink!
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
Favorite IG account is of course @lonelywhale. Next is @passionpassport – their photos and stories are so incredible and I have a lot of travel destinations on my bucket list thanks to Passion Passport!
What should everyone try at least once?
Venice. Our daughter studied abroad in high school and we took a family weekend in Venice. We all loved getting lost on the cobble stone streets. Everywhere you turn there is something new and exciting to experience and learn about.