Surfrider Foundation is happy to announce the addition of Trent Hodges as our new Plastic Pollution Manager! Trent has a depth of experience in community organizing, including work with the Peace Corps, sound knowledge of ocean plastic pollution issues, and extensive background with education and advocacy campaigns. Through his work with Save the Waves Coalition and Big Sur Land Trust, Trent has worked alongside Surfrider Foundation members and other ocean advocates on critical marine conservation efforts.
Trent starts today, November 27th, and will be focused on assisting our Chapters with their plastic pollution initiative work, including through policy advancement, community outreach, beach clean up tracking and the Ocean Friendly Restaurant program. The Plastic Pollution Manager will support the Surfrider Foundation’s mission to reduce plastic pollution at its source through our powerful network, within coalitions and the public. Trent will lead emerging single-use plastic campaigns, such as “strawless” efforts and microplastic pollution solution efforts. Additionally, Trent will oversee the Ocean Friendly Restaurants program to expand the scale of program and number of participating restaurants and help calculate the program impacts in reducing plastic pollution and building public awareness.
“We’re very excited to bring a Plastic Pollution Manager on as staff to lead our Plastic Pollution Initiative in 2018 and beyond,” said Angela Howe, Legal Director. “With Trent’s experience with marine pollution issues, coalition building and community organizing background, and great attitude, he will be a perfect fit for the role. We are confident he will do an amazing job to support our powerful network in reducing plastic pollution at the source.”