Constant Pressure, Endlessly Applied

Mike Harmon

I have spent most of my life around the beaches of New England and Southern California.  One day, as I was paddling around the pier in Manhattan Beach, I became disgusted by the amount of garbage in the water.  Inspired by my wife, who has led two charitable organizations involving sick children, I resolved that it was the right time in my life to commit significant time to something I really cared about. 


In my case that was helping to protect our world’s oceans, waves, and beaches.  As a lifetime member of the Surfrider Foundation, I had tracked their initiatives and their victories at some of my favorite surf spots.  I was impressed by the Surfrider leadership and their passionate and disciplined approach to their mission.  To Surfrider, I hope to bring my skills and 20 years of experience in finance, resource deployment, and corporate governance to bear to support the Surfrider Staff in fulfilling the organization’s objectives.


Mike Harmon is a Managing Director in the private equity group of Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. in Los Angeles where he has worked since 1997.  There he has held investment management responsibilities for nine private equity funds totaling over $12 billion in committed capital.  He has overseen investments in over 40 companies, and has sat on 13 corporate boards of directors.  Mike has over 20 years of experience in finance and investing, including his time at Oaktree, Price Waterhouse, CS First Boston, and Society Corporation.  He holds a B.A. in Economics from McGill University and an M.B.A. from Harvard University. 

Mike lives in Manhattan Beach, California with his wife and three children and enjoys surfing breaks in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara counties.