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.
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.
I love the sea for its beauty, for the many great gifts it gives all of us, for the amazing creatures and plants that live in its depths, for the incredible miracles that continue to be discovered in its deep black waters once thought barren of life, and because it plays a very large role in my own spirituality – as indeed it does for many cultures of the world.
Washington Pacific Coast Coordinator
As Aldo Leopold once said, “A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” Although he was discussing his land ethic, we can and must extend this principle to a water ethic.
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.
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?
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!
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.