Staff & Partners

ian_dutton_circleIan Dutton Principal

Ian founded Nautilus Impact Investing to increase the effectiveness of social and environmental investments. Ian previously served in executive leadership roles with Rasmuson Foundation, the Alaska SeaLife Center, The Nature Conservancy and the University of Rhode Island. He has designed and led high impact natural resources management and social development programs throughout the United States, Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. Ian holds a Ph.D. in geographical sciences from the University of Queensland and has authored more than 100 papers, chapters and articles.




Sarah Warnock Program Associate

Sarah came to NII in fall 2016 and has taken on the role of communications lead. Her current focus is on connecting with salmon stakeholders across Alaska to learn what’s needed to support healthy and equitable salmon systems in Alaska. Prior to coming to NII, she directed communications for the nonprofit partner to all of Alaska’s national public land agencies. Sarah started her career as a biologist studying Alaska’s migratory birds, and holds a masters degree in ecology and a K-12 Science Education credential. She spent 15+ years as an outdoor and classroom science teacher, and continues to work closely with multiple long-term partners in support of environmental and social justice issues.

Carissa Larson International Development Intern

Carissa is with NII for the summer as our international development intern. Carissa is Alaskan Native (Alutiiq) from Kodiak, Alaska. Growing up, she spent her summers’ commercial salmon fishing with her family in Chignik, Alaska. She is interested in learning more about fisheries management, and will work closely with our SASAP project. Later this year Carissa will graduate from Hawai’i Pacific University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, with a concentration on sustainability and development. Carissa became interested in international development after traveling, and witnessing the levels of inequality throughout countries. She realizes the increasing need for social and environmental initiatives as climate change makes these issues especially complex. Carissa is excited to learn more about how Nautilus helps to take on these issues here in her home state.


Esau Sinnok (Inupiaq Eskimo) Communication Liaison / Intern

Esau’s home is Shishmaref, Alaska. He received his Certificate in Tribal Management from UAF and is working towards an Associates Degree in Alaska Native Studies, with a concentration in Alaska Native law, government, and politics. One of ten 2016 White House Champions of Change for Climate Equity Awardees, Esau is a former Arctic Youth Ambassador, 2016 Denny Wilcher award-winner for Young Environmental Activist, and 2017 Spirit of Youth Awardee. Esau’s passion is leading him towards politics and he plans to  to help his region and to build a sustainable future for Alaska.