Sarah manages Surfrider's Clean Border Water Now program, based in San Diego, CA, on the unceded homelands of the Kumeyaay people. She works collaboratively at local, state and federal levels to address the binational health crisis caused by toxic water pollution along the U.S. - Mexico border region. Prior to joining Surfrider, she worked on participatory water management on the Sarapiqui River in Costa Rica, the Nile Basin in East Africa, the Chesapeake Watershed in the eastern U.S., and the waters of Southeast Alaska's Inside Passage.
Originally from San Francisco, CA, Sarah has a B.S. in Marine Biology from UC Santa Cruz and an M.A. from American University in Washington, D.C. and University for Peace in Costa Rica in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development with a focus on transboundary water cooperation. When not advocating for social justice and water protection, you can find her honing her photography skills, working on participatory art projects, traveling to new places, and spending as much time as possible near or on the water.