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    Longtime Environmental Leader Joins MERITO Foundation Board

    Mohammed A. Hasan

    Mohammed A. Hasan, a veteran environmental leader in Ventura county with 45 years of experience dealing with various environmental issues and projects, has joined the MERITO Foundation board. 

    MERITO Foundation is a 501c (3) organization dedicated to protecting the ocean by facilitating education, conservation, and scientific research opportunities to multicultural youth and their communities.  It has a Next Generation Science Standards project-based curriculum that guides students through the scientific methods to develop project proposals to make changes on their campuses. The executive director and founder, Rocio Lozano Knowlton said, “We are honored to have Mr. Hasan on our board. His vast knowledge and experience will be a tremendous asset for our organization”. Their facility is at 3897 Market street in Ventura. More information on the foundation and the educational programs is available at

     Hasan has served in many nonprofit organizations in the county. He was the centennial president of the Ventura East Rotary, president of Ventura Trade Club, Consult-net, and the Villa Seville HOA. He served as a board member of Tri-County Easter Seals, Focus on the Masters, Ventura Youth Employment Service, and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; as a committee member of Ventura Boys &Girls Club, Waterproofing Kids, and the Ventura Chamber of Commerce. He was a judge at the Ventura County Science Fair and California Migrant Education regional debate and speech tournament. Hasan is the founder and instructor of free Longevity classes held in Ventura. He is a volunteer at Catholic Charities food distribution, and the Ventura County Fair. He currently serves as the vice president on the board of El Concilio Family Services, which serves the underserved community of farm workers and those in need of assistance for immigration and citizenship services. All the local periodicals have published an article or two about his passion for contribution to the community.

     Hasan is the principal engineer and owner of the civil and environmental firm Hasan Consultants in Ventura. He was an engineer with the Ventura Regional Sanitation District, and the utilities superintendent of the city of Oxnard. He holds dual M.S. degrees from the University of Iowa. He’s fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a leadership fellow of the American Public Works Association, and a distinguished life member of the American Water Works Association. Further information about his company is available at

     Hasan is a co-founder of OceanForesters, Inc., with offices in Ventura. OceanForesters helps coastal communities build and manage their own flexible floating fishing reefs.  The complete ecosystem on the reefs restores ocean bounty and biodiversity.  In two years, the local community team will gain the experience and expertise to independently continue and expand operations in their country.  After the coastal communities feed everyone, more reefs will provide seaweed-for-energy and eventually reverse climate change globally. More information about the organization is available at Previously, Hasan served as the chief engineer and general manager of the bio-energy start up company, PODenergy. There he helped develop theories for the reduction of global carbon dioxide via ocean afforestation.

    Rotary International has honored him as a Paul Harris fellow. Hasan lives in Ventura.

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