Chief Executive Officer
I grew up as beach kid and lifeguard in Laguna Beach where I gained a true appreciation for both the power and fragility of our oceans and coasts. Now as Surfrider Foundation's CEO, I have the privilege of leading the world's largest grassroots network dedicated to the protection our ocean, waves and beaches.
Since nearly drowning in Newport Beach California at age 8, Aaron Behle has been in love with the Ocean. He is a passionate surfer and enjoys all things water. Aaron is a magna graduate from UCLA's school of Business & Economics and is a licensed CPA from Deloitte. In the last twenty years he has served in a global leadership capacity with recognized lifestyle brands: Oakley, Reef, Dragon and Skullcandy. He has served as the US Treasurer of the humanitarian organization SurfAid International since 2006. Aaron is the CEO of SALT. Optics. and lives in Newport Beach California with his wife Heather and their two children, Blake and Sam. Aaron currently serves as Surfrider's Treasurer.
Director of Development
What’s your first memory involving the beach? What’s your favorite? As the Director of Development for the Surfrider Foundation I have the best job in the world – I get to ask people these two questions every day and then help them to link their philanthropy to their desire to protect these memories.
Director of Marketing Strategies and Engagement
Nancy leads the teams responsible for all aspects of communications, membership, branding and marketing. She works with her teams to develop strategies that will increase opportunities for engagement, grow membership and build awareness about Surfrider and its impact on our ocean, waves and beaches.
People may wonder why a girl who grew up in land-locked San Antonio, Texas is now working for the Surfrider Foundation. Starting with a move to California for law school, I quickly learned to love the surfing and snowboarding that California has to offer. This drove my desire to protect our beautiful natural environment and help others to enjoy the outdoors!
Director of Chapters
So here I am, four CEO’s later, 60 new chapters, new friends made and some friends gone. A fancy Director of Chapters title, tools incorporated into our outreach efforts that only a few dreamed of way back in 1992, regional staff in the field to assist our chapter network, training conferences hosted around the globe and too many bands later to remember the names.
Meridith Blascovich's move to Santa Barbara, California as a child immediately cemented her love for the ocean. An avid traveler and outdoor enthusiast, Meridith strives to leave every place better than she's found it. Meridith is a Senior Strategist for YouTube at Google, where she currently leads her department's strategy and operations in Latin America. As a former peace activist and regular volunteer for presidential campaigns, Meridith is passionate about taking action for her beliefs--especially after witnessing a disregard for the environment in South America she had not seen before. Advancing education for women and girls is also hugely important to Meridith, and learning a new word in a foreign language or reading a good book makes her day complete.
Steve Combs is a lifetime surfer who balances life between adventures and interesting projects. Steve was a founding member of the Atlanta Chapter in 2009 and served as chair and treasurer. He led a successful campaign to preserve stand up paddle access at Stone Mountain Park Georgia. He has been a speaker at numerous chapter conferences on digital media topics. He currently is an at-large board member of the Emerald Coast Chapter on the Gulf Coast of Florida where he grew up and lived for 20 years. He currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.
I've had two major environmental awakenings in my life: The first was when I first started surfing as a teenager and just fell in love with the ocean (I even slept with my first new surfboard!); and the second awakening occurred after the Exxon Valdez oil spill. That's when I realized how fragile our coastal ecosystems really were. I happened to be living in SoCal at the time and would often get sick after surfing at Malibu. So water quality became an important issue for me as well, and that's when I first heard about the Surfrider Foundation.
Bob Holding's roots in Coastal North Carolina instilled a passion for all things that coastal water provide. Surfing, fishing, and kayaking have been the focus of his entire personal and professional life. It was these passions that lead him to his career in the Outdoor Industry.
Rick is a Gulf coast native who has had a life long interest in the environmental quality of the region, especially the natural waters. In addition to the Surfrider Foundation, he is a Founding member and Board Member of the Pensacola, Florida/Gulf Coast River-keepers, an Honorary Board Member of the Mobile Bay-keeper, and an active supporter of the national Water-Keepers Alliance. He was appointed by the Governor of the State of Alabama to serve as a member of the Alabama Coastal Commission on Environmental Affairs. His interest in the environment makes a fluid transition from the courtroom to the ocean, taking to the tide with his surfboard in tow, catching as many panhandle waves as possible.
Oregon Field Coordinator
Ryan has been working in the nonprofit sector since 2008 with a focus on program development and community engagement. In his spare time, you’ll find Ryan out in the ocean chasing waves, on a river chasing trout, or looking for his next derelict vehicle project.