Alexandra Brown, a daughter of Lucy and Terry Brown of Ocean Ridge, is engaged to Michael Bell of California. The couple met while working on a coastal marine fishery conversation project in Moro Bay, Calif.
Brown attended local area public schools, including Citrus Cove Elementary and Congress Middle School, graduating from the Atlantic High School International Baccalaureate program with high honors. She attended the University of Miami on a merit scholarship, completing her bachelor’s degree in marine science, after which she earned a master’s degree in environmental science and management, with a specialty in coastal resources conservation, from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2008. She is now completing a year-long NOAA fellowship in Washington, D.C.
Her mother is a circuit court judge in Palm Beach County and is to officiate. Her father is retired from a management job in Florida state government. Ms. Brown’s interest in marine science began when she was a child serving as a volunteer in the Sea Turtle Conversation Program, monitoring sea turtle nests on the beaches of Ocean Ridge.
Bell works in the field of conservation for The Nature Conservancy. He is employed as the marine project director for the Central Coast Groundfish Project at the California Chapter of the Nature Conservancy. The project has been recognized in national and international media as a promising innovative approach for reforming fisheries to sustainability. He came to the California program in 2003 after serving as the director of protection for the Conservancy’s New Jersey program.
Previously, he was producer and host of a local television show in Steamboat Springs, Colo.; before that, he served in the Peace Corps in Uruguay. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. He lives and surfs in Los Osos, Calif.
Bell is the son of Mary Foxwell of Wall, N.J., who works as a child learning disabilities specialist. His father, now deceased, was a practicing attorney and a municipal judge for over 30 years in Cranford, N.J.