In May 2015, Skyli joined The Nature Conservancy as the Director of the N. American Oceans Program. She previously served as the Executive Director of The California Ocean Science Trust (OST), http://www.oceansciencetrust.org The OST is an NGO, similar to SFEI, that supports California coastal and ocean resource managers by providing them with sound science to help inform decisions. She also served as the Science Advisor to the California Ocean Protection Council. In both roles, she built partnerships for science, decision-making and resource management in California. At the OST, she was motivated by what government, science and community can be -- and Ocean Science Trust’s unique partnerships at the nexus of research, technology and local knowledge systems.