As the Surfrider Foundation's Environmental Director, Pete works with Surfrider’s environmental, chapter and legal staff to devise and implement advocacy and organizing strategies to advance the organization’s mission in the United States. He also represents Surfrider on national advisory boards and coalitions; works in collaboration with local, state and federal partners, agencies and others in supporting coastal and ocean campaigns and political initiatives. Access Pete’s photo, here.
Prior to becoming the enviornmental director in 2015, Pete led the Surfrider Foundation’s national Ocean Protection Initiative as its Senior Ocean Program Manager for 10 years. In this position he drove the organization’s engagement in issues such as marine protected areas, regional ocean planning and protecting our coasts from new offshore drilling. Earlier in his tenure at Surfrider, Pete paved the way for how Surfrider conducted statewide policy work as the first regional policy manager in Oregon.
“I am very honored to be the Surfrider Foundation’s Environmental Director. Our environmental team works hard to maximize the impact of our national and regional efforts across our core initiatives by strengthening the execution of our campaigns and programs, which ultimately furthers our mission of protecting our ocean and coasts,” says Pete.
Pete holds a master’s degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Washington’s School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, and a bachelor’s in Environmental Policy from Duke University. After completing his master’s degree, he spent a year in Washington D.C. working for the NOAA Fisheries Service in the Office of Science and Technology. In December of 2014 he was appointed to represent non-consumptive recreational users on the Marine Protected Area Federal Advisory Committee of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).