Peter Rysman has a long history of community involvement and environmental concerns. In his hometown, he was President of the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Gardens for many years. For eight years, Peter was Chair of a non-profit Hospice organization. Prior to that, he was President of the Key West YMCA. Peter started volunteering for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society four years ago, consulting on business and legal matters, and joined the Se Shepherd Legal board in late 2016. In his younger years, Peter was an inner-city elementary school teacher and later an organic farmer. Peter has over forty years experience as both an attorney and as a businessman. He has owned and/or operated residential and hotel development projects, a general construction company, a subcontracting company, apartment and hotel operations, shopping center operations and a real estate management and sales company.