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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Washington Policy Manager
Growing up on the Central Oregon Coast, I got a sense of the importance of protecting healthy ecosystems & special places at an early age. Now as the Washington Policy Manager with the Surfrider Foundation, I have the honor and privilege of working with the Washington Chapters and activists to protect ocean and coastal ecosystems throughout our great state.
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?