Ambassadors / United States / Texas

Alexis Campestre

Lake Jackson – LinkedIn

Alexis graduated from Texas Tech University with a BS in International Economics and a Minor in French. His number one passion is exploring the world around him. Currently he is working on a start-up seafood supply business as well as a political action website. He likes to read, write, and discuss freedom.

“My primary reason for applying to be an ambassador of the Seasteading Institute is to promote the principles of liberty and freedom, and to create a methodology that may be used to spearhead an initiative in leading the globe in a direction of eco-friendly, economic prosperity.”

George McHugh

Austin – LinkedIn

George McHugh is a supply chain management major at the University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of business; he will be graduating December 2012. George founded The Mises Circle on his campus, a group to fill the function of a “counter-economics department” until a course or seminar on Austrian economics is offered at his university. The group is rapidly growing in popularity. During the 2009-2010 year, George was a Rotary Youth Exchange Student Ambassador in Belgium, where he lived with three local families, attended high school, and learned a new language and culture.

“I’ve been a big advocate of seasteading ever since hearing about it in 2008.”

Tyree Shelton


Tyree Shelton is a 19-year-old college student and aspiring filmmaker with ambitions to advance seasteading, and in doing so, make a statement about what he believes – that humanity needs a platform for new experiments, experiences and opportunities. After first hearing about the idea, he felt compelled to use his voice to persuade people around him of the benefits of seasteading.

“Bringing awareness to a subject that can be misunderstood is exciting and amusing. I love convincing people that the “impossible” can be possible, and the things that don’t seem so ordinary are actually compelling and intriguing in the same way.”

Veronica Brieno Rankin

Austin – LinkedIn

Veronica Brieno Rankin, LL.M. is Founder and President of GeoSeq International, LLC, and an Associate Editor for Oil, Gas, and Energy Law (OGEL) Intelligence. A former Commissioned Officer of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Corps, she possesses unique ship handling experience in actual offshore environments. She completed three years of education toward a PhD in Geology at Michigan Technological University, and earned her Master of Laws degree at the prestigious Centre of Energy, Petroleum, & Mineral Law & Policy at the University of Dundee in the United Kingdom. Previously, she earned her BS degree in Earth Science at University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. Veronica was an Invited Expert Reviewer to 4 IPCC reports leading up to the organization’s 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Co-Laureate Award.

“I strongly believe that if we can maximize the surface area that comprises our jurisdictionally underdeveloped maritime environment, we will be able to offer a technologically sustainable future without compromising our planet’s carrying capacity.”