Jennifer Nolan is an award-winning author and passionate environmentalist. Born and raised in New York, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Vermont in 1986. In addition to writing and activism, family is her top priority; she and husband John Nolan have raised four sons in Maine over the past 25 years. Additionally, Ms. Nolan has decades of experience serving on non-profit boards, ranging from The United States Fund for UNICEF to Maine Audubon.
As an author, she has written a series of books aimed at engaging and educating young readers about the environment and endangered species. In collaboration with nature photographer Jim Abernethy, her most recent title is Sea Turtles Up Close. Other award-winning titles by Ms. Nolan are Sharks Up Close, The Secret of Pig Island, and Spintastik. In conjunction with her books that call for better stewardship of our oceans and planet at large, Ms. Nolan is a regular guest speaker with Skype in the Classroom, an educational, online platform that connects over one million teachers worldwide, and their students, with speakers from a myriad of professional arenas. Her presentations focus on endangered marine life, healthy oceans, and how we are all connected.
Recognizing art as a universal language that can inspire a global audience to take action, Ms. Nolan collaborates closely with a team of artists and activists at Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS), where she serves as chair of the board. With the OPS team, she works to expose complex global environmental issues and promote advocacy through the use of film, photography, and social media. Their efforts reach a large worldwide audience—reinforcing her passion and determination to apply the power of art and social media for good.