As Surfrider’s Ocean Friendly Gardens Program Coordinator, Paul worked with chapter activists, landscape professionals, biologists and policy makers to help prevent urban runoff, the #1 source of ocean pollution reaching our ocean. Paul grew this program from just a seed, to a deeply rooted tree in all of the communities that he touched. He passionately educated supporters, providing them with tools to train and build a movement to plant Ocean Friendly Gardens.
Armed with a B.A. in Political Science from Cal State Northridge, Paul was an experienced community organizer for over 15 years, working on environmental and civic issues. He acquired a vast amount of his knowledge through hands-on experience working on several small organic farms. He had co-developed and led a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, working with Green Gardens Group where he was a G3 Certified Watershed Wise Landscape Professional and qualified trainer, as well as a member of G3’s Independent Oversight Committee for the EPA Watersense approved WWLP Certification.
During his 7 years at Surfrider, Paul was regarded as an inspiring advocate, accomplished public speaker, passionate educator, and a natural leader. Paul brought the sustainability message home in a fun, hands-on and do-able way. His legacy of passion, dedication and activism lives on through his amazing contributions toward making this world a better place. Wherever there is a Surfrider Ocean Friendly garden, there is a piece of Paul that will live on forever.