As ‘Rise Above Plastics’ Coordinator, I am excited to be tackling plastic pollution issues that are affecting the marine environment. I grew up on the East Coast and was fortunate to have grandparents who lived near the beach in Delaware. At the age of six, I wanted to be like my big brother so I ‘borrowed’ his surfboard at every chance and caught the surfing bug early on. All my early memories are of clean beaches but later in high school and through college I started to see and feel the impact of litter and pollution.
When I moved to California after college I wanted to volunteer for an environmental organization and Surfrider was a perfect fit. After years of volunteering, I applied for a job with the San Diego chapter where I worked for over five years and now I am stoked to be helping all Surfrider chapters to ‘Rise Above Plastics’! Surfrider is an easy place to get involved and make a positive impact to protect our coasts, so I challenge you to help out with your local chapter and make a difference!