An Island native is among 12 people who have been recognized by the Obama administration for demonstrating leadership in the sustainable seafood movement across the country.

Alan Lovewell will be honored as a Champion of Change during a ceremony at the White House Friday afternoon.

Mr. Lovewell is chief executive officer and cofounder of Real Good Fish, a community-supported fishery that connects fishermen with consumers with weekly deliveries of high-quality, sustainable seafood. Real Good Fish’s new program, Bay2Tray, brings seafood to public school children through their school lunch program, and brings fishermen into their classroom to engage in experience-based learning around ocean health.

Previously Mr. Lovewell was a Sea Grant Fellow working with NOAA on their ecosystem-based management initiative.

The son of Mark Lovewell of Vineyard Haven and Teresa Yuan of Edgartown, Alan is a 2000 graduate of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, and graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz. He lives in Santa Cruz with his wife, Jenn Lovewell.

The Champions of Change program was created to recognize people who are “doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.” Sustainable seafood is this year’s theme.

“The United States fishing industry is critical to the economic health and well-being of communities across the country . . . . however our marine ecosystems are under threat from multiple stressors,” a press release from the White House said this week.