Blue Institute is dedicated to education and research for resilient oceans & water

Our Team

Who we are


 The Blue Institute is a Registered Nonprofit 501(C)(3) located on Cape Cod in the Harwich Cultural Center, and a second location sharing oceanfront space with the Blue Incubator in Plymouth, Massachusetts. 

Founding Board of Directors

Robert Cioleck, Esquire



Robert "Bob" Ciolek has had a significant career in the military, law, non-profits and government including as the Chief Operating Officer for the City of Boston, where he also served as the Executive Director of the Boston Water & Sewer Commission. Mr. Ciolek was the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Health and Educational Facilities Authority (HEFA). His last position before retirement was as the Water Resource Financial Consultant to the Cape Cod Commission. Mr. Ciolek graduated from Rutgers University, and recieved his law degree from Boston University. A veteran of the U. S. Army he served a tour in Vietnam. Mr. Ciolek has served on many non-profit boards and is the Treasurer for the Association to Preserve Cape Cod. Bob and his wife, Mary Kearney, are residents of West Hyannisport, MA.

Elizabeth R. Harder


Director & Clerk

Elizabeth R. Harder was born and raised in NYC, working in advertising,  theatre management, strategic fundraising, and co-founded Sunflower Hills Productions, based in Milford, PA.  An advocate for the environment, she also works with the Cape Women's Coalition to increase women's participation in public service, and serves as the Harwich Delegate to the Barnstable County Assembly.

Yuki Allyson Honjo, PhD



Yuki A. Honjo, PhD is the Chief Operations Officer for the McLane Research Laboratories

Located in East Falmouth, Massachusetts. McLane Research Laboratories, Inc., 

 was founded in 1983 to provide advanced time-series samplers and engineering design services to the international oceanographic community.  Dr. Honjo holds an honors degree in History from Harvard and a Doctorate in Economic and Social History from Oxford University.

About Us

Eugene Curry, Esquire


Ex Officio

 Gene Curry is the principal of the Law Office of Eugene R. Curry. The firm provides corporate, regulatory, and intellectual property solutions to the business, arts, and non-profit communities and estate planning and administration services to individuals. His clients range from start-ups to multi-national corporations. Gene serves as on the Board of Directors of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce and as General Counsel to the Cape Cod Technology Council, Inc. and Bourne Community Boating, Inc. 

Judith Underwood


President & Founder  

Judith Underwood is a social entrepreneur, environmentalist, an educator, and a Mom to two fabulous teenagers. Judith has worked in curriculum and program development. Taught at all levels, and worked at major institutions including MIT, the United Nations, and the ICTP in Trieste, Italy.  She has a Bachelors from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and received her Masters from New York University.  Judith has continued her graduate work in Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England.

Mark Watson


Director & Treasurer 

 Mr. Mark Watson is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Keel Asset Management a Social and Environmental Impact Investing headquartered in Chicago.  Previously, Mr. Watson served as President and Senior Portfolio Manager of The Kenwood Group, Managing Director of Equinox Capital Management, LLC in New York City, and Vice President, US Portfolio Manager/Analyst at Chicago based PPM America, the North American subsidiary of London based Prudential, PLC.  Mr. Watson holds a MBA from the University of Chicago, with a B.S. in Finance from the University of Illinois at Champaign.   Mark is member of US/SIF; an Overseer of the Museum of Fine Arts-Boston 

Our Academic Advisory Leads

Robyn Hannigan, PhD



Clarkson University

David Reckhow, PhD


 Environmental Engineering and Wastewater Resources Group, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Jim Bellingham, PhD


Director, Marine Robotics

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute WHOI

Toby Stapleton, PhD, MBA


Dean of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education Programs, Salve Regina University

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