Marnie Gaede (née Walker) born in Burbank, California, 1951, is a writer, editor, and publisher of numerous books and articles. She has worked for WED Enterprises as a graphic artist, Walt Disney Educational Media Company, Museum of Northern Arizona as a archaeological draftsman, and for 23 years as a Script Analyst for the Disney Company.  She has been an Instructor of Environmental Issues at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, since 1993.

Marnie attended University of Montana, World Campus Afloat, UCLA, and graduated in 1973 from Northern Arizona University with a degree in Anthropology.

Marnie & Ansel Adams 1977

Marnie Gaede has been involved with Sea Shepherd Conservation Society since 1989, and worked in support of numerous campaigns as well as editor to  Paul Watson on some of his publications. She served as a Director for Sea Shepherd Conservation Society from 2000 to 2002, and subsequently for 10 years as an Advisor. Marnie returned to the Sea Shepherd Board of Directors USA in 2012 and became President in January 2013, when Paul Watson resigned.  She resigned in 2014.

For several years in late 1990’s, Marnie Gaede served on the Board of Visitors at Duke University Primate Center, and later given the title of Advisor the Board of Directors (Duke letter).  Marnie is additionally President of the board of the Galapagos Preservation Society, and a Director of Grizzly People.  Since 2000 she has been a Director and is currently President of the Fund for Wild Nature, an all-volunteer board that invests in cutting-edge grassroots organizations and innovative conservation efforts that meet emerging needs for protecting biodiversity and wilderness.

Sea Shepherd 1989

The Fund has provided funding to hundreds of bold, grassroots environmental organizations, and has produced many success such as Rainforest Action Network, the Center for Biological Diversity, Sinapu, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, Los Padres Forest Watch, Prairie Dog Coalition, and Firefighters United for Safety, and Ethics and Ecology. The Fund for Wild Nature is considered to be one of the most cost-effective organizations in the environmental movement.

Marnie Gaede’s father, Card Walker, was employed by the Walt Disney Company from 1938 to his retirement in 1984, remaining on the Board of Directors until 2000.  He was CEO, President, and eventually Chairman of the Board, and had served over 50 continuous years on the Disney Board.  During WWII Walker was the flight deck officer of the USS Bunker Hill aircraft carrier (CV-17) in the Pacific Theater, and was the only original flight deck officer to survive the war.

Marnie and Marc Gaede were married at the Disney Golden Oak film ranch in 1973 and have two children:  Miles West (né Gaede), born 1980, and Marcus Gaede, born 1982, and two grandchildren: twins Jesse and Emma West, born 2008.