OceanWork Consulting brings action-oriented strategic communications to people working to save our global oceans. We are expert think partners who guide and facilitate communications strategies to advance our shared mission – healthy ocean, healthy people, forever.
Founder and Principal
Tory Read has more than two decades of experience in conservation, media and multi-stakeholder collaborations.
She has led numerous strategic communications consultancies for marine and coastal conservation efforts across Asia and the Pacific, and she has worked as a storyteller and facilitator for government agencies, NGOs, communities, foundations and other donors.
Her unique vantage point at the intersection of these different stakeholder groups means she understands the cultures, strengths and constraints of each and can effectively facilitate collaborative strategic communications solutions.
Read is a savvy user of both traditional and emergent media channels, and she possesses an agile and creative mind.
Over the course of her career, she has assembled a network of talented professionals who can readily lend expertise to the strategic communications projects she leads.
Read earned her M.A. in Journalism from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and her B.A. in Humanities from Stanford University. She is currently completing Stanford’s Professional Program in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which includes courses and cases from the university’s business and design schools.
Maurice KnightChief of Party / Coral Triangle Support Partnership
"I needed someone who understood our target audiences and could effectively capture stories from partners across six nations, from villagers to ministers. Tory Read was able to immediately build rapport and trust, often in rather demanding situations. This was critical for getting participants to share their personal experiences and perspectives. She brought professionalism, strategic thinking, a structured approach and stamina that exceeded our expectations."
Lafcadio CortesiAsia Campaign Director / Rainforest Action Network
“Tory Read brought creativity and efficiency to designing and facilitating our Storytelling for Social Impact training for conservation workers in Indonesia. The stories she helped us tell led to a major win in reforming the palm oil supply chain.”
Janice AlcornBiodiversity Program Representative / Garfield Foundation
“In an era of information overload, Read’s work breaks through the noise and reaches the audience. If you have important stories to tell the world and crucial knowledge to share, you should hire Tory Read.”
Michael SignorellaCreative Director / Studio Signorella
“I worked with Read and her keen aesthetic on print, advertising, publication and web projects. On all, she was the consummate project leader—strategic, well-organized, energetic, thoughtful and open-minded.”
Matthew SchwartzPresident and CEO / California Housing Partnership
“Read provided advice on our communications strategy that was insightful and constructive. It’s clear to me that she is a leading practitioner and thinker in the area of strategic communications.”
Erika GregoryCEO / Collective Invention
“We needed to know, are we telling our story well? These days, it’s all about visual storytelling, and Tory Read provided a mature, aesthetically sophisticated perspective.”