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Dr. Chad Nelsen

Dr. Chad Nelsen

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.

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Charlie Plybon

Charlie Plybon

Oregon Policy Manager

The activist loves Oregon more than he loves life, said Tom McCall, one of the state's greatest governors and champion of the Beach Bill. So Oregon was a natural landing pad for this outspoken North Carolinian, reared feet firmly planted in the sand. As Oregon Field Manager for Surfrider Foundation and extreme karaoke professional, I have an amazing opportunity to amplify voices across this great state.

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Stefanie Sekich-Quinn

Stefanie Sekich-Quinn

California Policy Manager

I was drawn to Surfrider’s philosophy of being a “member-driven” organization that inspires effective coastal activism. I’m constantly amazed by the throngs of Surfrider supporters who participate in issues they care about. As a California Policy Manager, I have the honor of working with highly motivated, intelligent and caring people—and together, we are protecting our oceans, beaches and waves—one victory at a time.

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Christian Snyder

Christian Snyder

Membership Manager

Surfing = Dedication...

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Pete Stauffer

Pete Stauffer

Ocean Program Manager

As the Ocean Program Manager, I support Surfrider's engagement in marine protected areas (MPAs), regional ocean planning, renewable energy, and federal legislation. I live in the beautiful state of Oregon where I enjoy surfing cold waves and hanging out on the beach whenever I can.

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Jill Watkins-Tierney

Jill Watkins-Tierney

Mail Order/Cash Receipts

Do sand crabs still exist?

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Alexa Ward

Alexa Ward

Marketing Coordinator

I’ve always been a southern California girl at heart. Some of my happiest memories are of sandy toes and salty hair, summers spent taking sailing trips to Catalina Island with my family...

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John Weber

John Weber

Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager

Traveling down the Garden State Parkway from Bergen County, NJ to go to the beach was routine by age five. My grandmother bought an oceanfront summer cottage on Long Beach Island soon afterwards and that was it. The beach and ocean were the front yard, my playground, and the only place I wanted to be.

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Chris Wilson

Chris Wilson

Systems Administrator

I run the web servers, email system, office network, and other pieces of the puzzle that help Surfrider, its staff, and its chapters accomplish their mission of protecting and enjoying oceans, waves and beaches.

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Rick Wilson

Rick Wilson

Senior Staff Scientist

I had been surfing in Southern California for about two decades when I saw a notice in Surfer Magazine in 1985 for a new surfer-based environmental organization to protect the oceans, waves and beaches. I joined and I've been a member ever since.

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