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Celeste Leroux
Founder and CEO

Celeste founded Virgil Group in after 12 years in federal government advancing environmental policy.  She has worked extensively with advocates, businesses, Congress, the U.S. and foreign governments to advance responsible Arctic development, promote aquaculture and trade, protect natural resources and address climate change.  At the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Celeste oversaw the Presidential Task Force on Combatting Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing and Seafood Fraud, and at NOAA she led development and implementation of the U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program from 2016-2020. 

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Emily Zimmerman
Research Analyst

Emily is pursuing a Master’s degree in International Environmental Policy at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. She is specializing in ocean and coastal resource management and is interested in fisheries management and practices, marine conservation, and environmental security. Emily’s research at Virgil Group explores the connection between IUU fishing and organized crime. When she is not studying, Emily likes to surf and go for runs on the beach. 

Strategic Advisors

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RADM Tim Gallaudet
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Rachel Hanbury

Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet, PhD, US Navy (ret) is the CEO of Ocean STL Consulting and host of The American Blue Economy Podcast. Gallaudet previously served as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere/ Deputy NOAA Administrator, and the Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere/NOAA Administrator. Prior to NOAA, Gallaudet served for 32 years in the US Navy, completing his career as the Oceanographer of the Navy.  He has a Bachelor’s degree from the U.S.  Naval Academy, and Master’s and Doctoral degrees from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, all in oceanography.

Rachel has over 15 years’ experience working for UK Government in fisheries and IUU enforcement and policy and has worked globally on a suite of projects relating to IUU fishing and trade. She now works as an independent consultant advising Governments and commercial companies on matters relating to fisheries Monitoring Control and Surveillance, sustainable sourcing, border controls and policy.

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Paul McManus

Paul McManus, a B2B SaaS development expert, was the first Strategic Advisor for Virgil Group.  Celeste and Paul met in 2010 and remained close as ocean champions working in different sectors.  Paul encouraged our development of SeafoodCheck and participation in accelerator programs which have been greatly beneficial to our early success.  

Tragically, Paul passed away in 2021.  We miss him dearly and will continue to honor his contributions through our work.

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