Impactful, Scalable Solutions for Mission-Driven Organizations in USVI
Our core mission is to finance, design, and execute innovative projects and programs that protect the environment and enhance communities in the Virgin Islands – and to develop local capacity to sustain those programs for the long-term. Our expertise is dedicated to resolving social and environmental issues that impact the USVI.
We offer strategic planning and conceptualizing comprehensive initiatives tailored to address overarching challenges within your organization. We'll help you define clear goals, identify target beneficiaries, and create a comprehensive plan for seamless implementation.
We execute specific projects within your established program areas. This includes detailed planning, coordination, and oversight of individual projects to ensure they meet their objectives within the specified constraints of time, budget, and resources.
Our grants development services include research and strategic proposal development to increase your chances of successfully obtaining funding. We work collaboratively to identify suitable grant opportunities, tailor proposals to meet specific criteria, and navigate the intricate landscape of grant applications and submission.
Protecting and Restoring Corals Reefs in the USVI
Ceiba Strike Team Project
The Ceiba Strategies Virgin Islands Strike Team Project conducts monthly field missions to administer in-water treatments for Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) in four priority sites in the USVI, including marine protected areas. Ceiba Strike Teams also conduct coral rescue missions to transport sick or endangered corals to recovery facilities in the USVI.
Butler Bay Coral Restoration Project
This project seizes three unique opportunities to scale up coral restoration at a relatively low cost in Butler Bay, St. Croix. Project activities include increasing the biomass of the iconic and threatened elkhorn coral; relocating of corals of opportunity from the bay’s “kill zone” to the restoration area; and increasing genetic diversity of corals through sexual propagation of grooved brain coral during spawning events in 2023 and 2024.
Meet The Team
Ceiba Strategies founder and president Jordan Schneider is a certified project management professional (PMP) with more than 13 years of experience in organizational management, project management, and administration. Her professional background also includes grassroots organizing, public policy analysis, and journalism.
Sam Piscitello has more than three decades of experience in technical project management and business management. The first two decades of his career were spent leading large teams to design and develop medical imaging equipment under DARPA contracts within aggressive cost and time constraints. He later managed a successful dive operation and seamanship school for more than 16 years in St. Thomas.
Jennifer Kurien has a rich background in grant administration and project management spanning over a decade. Her expertise covers the management of grants exceeding $200 million from institutions like the NIH, DOD, USDA, FEMA, NTIA, U.S. Treasury, and private foundations. Jennifer also possesses a strong compliance-oriented background, offering expert guidance and support in administering federal grants.
Marine Operations Director
Corina Marks is a professional marine biologist with 20 years of experience in collaborative marine science including coastal habitat mapping and leading surveys of marine protected areas. Corina is the steward for the Butler Bay coral restoration area and an active member of the USVI Restoration of Coral Squad (VI-RoCS), a territory-wide working group of coral restoration practitioners.