Liisa grew up going to the beaches of Eastern Long Island: East Hampton, Amagansett and Montauk. This is her favorite place in the world. It was a desire to protect these beaches as well as teach her children to be responsible for them that led Liisa to the Surfrider Foundation. Now, whether it is about caring for the environment or surfing; it is her children who are the teachers.
Tony presently is the Executive Director of CNM LLP, an accounting and advisory firm based in Southern California. In June 2007 he retired after 38 years with the international public accounting firms of Ernst & Young and Arthur Andersen. In addition to his duties as an audit partner at Ernst & Young, Tony was responsible for overseeing the "Entrepreneur of the Year" and Venture Capital Roundtable programs in the Greater Los Angeles area. At Arthur Andersen he was the partner in charge of the firm's Woodland Hills, CA office. Tony is a member of the executive committee of the AEA and sits on the Board of Directors for InTouch Technologies, a Santa Barbara-based robotics technology company. In September, he was appointed to a Strategic Advisory position for the leading private equity firm Riodan, Lewis & Haden. He is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Tony is a California native who grew up surfing on Orange County beaches. He now resides in the Santa Barbara area and continues to enjoy the Pacific Ocean as a surfer, certified diver and boater with his wife, five sons and daughter.
Oregon Policy Manager
Growing up on the Central Oregon Coast within the Siuslaw Watershed, I got a sense of the importance of protecting healthy ecosystems & special places at an early age. Now as the Oregon Policy Manager with the Surfrider Foundation, I have the honor and privilege of working with the Oregon Chapters and activists to protect ocean and coastal ecosystems along the entire Oregon Coast.
Brooke Smith is the Executive Director of COMPASS, a communications nonprofit helping scientists find their voice and their science find its audience. Originally founded in 1999 to support ocean scientists, COMPAS supports a broad scope of scientists working at the interface of the human and natural environment - helping ensure their knowledge and insights inform our society's environmental and sustainability related decisions.
Mid-Atlantic Policy Manager
You are probably wondering: Why should I give my time, effort, or money to support Surfrider? For most of us it comes down to a special place that we love—a beach, a wave, a cove—that is under threat of disappearing or changing forever. Think about your happy place; what would you do without it?
Shaun Tomson was born in the coastal town of Durban, South Africa in 1955. "Surfing gripped me hard and fast from the start, passionately and obsessively, from the first moment I stood up on my little red board in the Indian Ocean. That feeling of excitement, of standing up high and rushing across a wave, looking out on the world, has kept me paddling back out, year after year, decade after decade. " Shaun went on to become one of the world's greatest surfers, winning events all over the world from Hawaii to Japan, culminating in the surfing world's top honor, the World Pro Title in 1977. He competed on the pro tour for 16 years, winning 19 professional events, and at the time was both the youngest and oldest surfer to win a professional event. He was a true surfing innovator, developing a revolutionary and radical new technique for riding inside the tube of waves in the dangerous surf of Hawaii.
Southern California Regional Manager
The very first Surfrider Foundation meeting I attended, I drove home the new Chair of the Malibu Chapter. Following a rather organic lifelong path that ebbed and flowed around art, music, and the ocean, I felt I had finally found something that really got all my synapses firing off all at once. I wasn't going to let that opportunity pass me by!
Rob Wells is Universal Music Group’s President of Global Digital Business and serves on UMG’s Executive Board. He is responsible for strategic development and execution of UMG’s digital business worldwide across its various divisions and around all of UMG’s digital assets, including in the wireless, online and transactional sectors. This includes identifying next-generation distribution channels and strategic partnerships, and working with UMG’s business partners to further extend the company’s digital strategy and reach across current and emerging platforms. Wells has served as UMG’s President of Global Digital Business since October 2010. Prior to that, he was Senior VP of Universal Music Group’s international division, where he was responsible for directing and executing all aspects of the company’s international digital business. He began his tenure with UMG in 2000, when he joined Universal Music UK as Division Director of Digital Services. Prior to UMG, Wells worked in a series of positions at BMG Entertainment, literally beginning his career in an entry-level mailroom job and culminating with his service as Head of Internet and New Media.
A lifetime surfer who grew up on the beaches of California, going to the beach with his father as early as he could walk. Currently works as President of WWA, consulting with worldwide brands and retailers including major surf and outdoor brands. Over twenty years of experience in apparel retail, and footwear consulting, and technology sales, installation & support. He has owned and operated two retail operations in Utah and spends as much time with his family outdoors and on the beach as he can possibly manage.
Ocean Friendly Gardens Program Coordinator
Though I grew up in a rural LA suburb with lots of natural open space, it wasn't until I moved back to it after college that I hiked the hills. Working a few stints on small, organic farms between community organizing jobs grounded me a bit more. Helping Chapters run Ocean Friendly Gardens Programs gives us a great tool to help people prevent urban runoff and restore a bit of the hills in their yards.
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!
It starts with me... I don't know exactly when I first started loving the ocean, but it seems I have always loved it. Some could say its because I was born and raised on the coasts of Southern California. Or perhaps its because I was most likely some kind of sea animal in another life. Whatever the case, the ocean has been, and always will be many, many things to me. It nourishes my soul like food nourishes my body. It satiates my senses and rejuvenates my spirit. It awakens me from the trance imposed by an insensible world. To me, the ocean represents freedom, expression, tranquility, adventure, new beginnings, and... hope.
Director of Marketing and Communications
I’m living the dream. Having grown-up in Texas two hours away from the Gulf coast, I feel incredibly lucky to have so many memories on the beach and in the water. Thanks to my mom’s huge love of our oceans and my dad’s passion for fishing, I grew up with a deep appreciation for our coasts and all bodies of water.
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.