Based in San Clemente, CA, Pete leads Surfrider's national efforts on offshore drilling, marine protected areas (MPAs) and other ocean issues as our Ocean Protection Manager. Pete also leads coastal recreation studies to collect economic and geospatial data to inform coastal management decisions. In 2014, Pete was appointed to the Federal Marine Protected Area (MPA) Advisory Committee as a representative of coastal recreational users. Pete holds a B.A. in Environmental Policy from Duke University and a Master’s degree from the University of Washington’s School of Marine Affairs. After completing his Master’s degree, Pete spent several years in Washington D.C. working for the NOAA Fisheries Service before joining the Surfrider Foundation. Pete feels incredibly lucky to work with such talented and passionate volunteers and staff. In addition to his work here at Surfrider, Pete is an active supporter and volunteer with other non-profit groups and he enjoys hiking, surfing, windsurfing and hanging out with his dog Bailey.