March 10 2015

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., March. 10, 2015—Pete Stauffer has been appointed the new Environmental Director of the Surfrider Foundation, the largest grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s ocean, waves and beaches. Effective immediately, Stauffer will lead the organization’s environmental department and manage its dynamic team of 10 regional and issue-focused science and policy experts who work throughout the United States. Access Stauffer's photo, here.

“With a proven track record for successfully leading large scale initiatives and driving innovation, Pete’s leadership skills are well suited to lead Surfrider’s Environmental Department,” says Dr. Chad Nelsen, Chief Executive Officer of the Surfrider Foundation. “I am confident that Pete will help advance our work to address the coastal impacts of climate change while continuing our existing work to protect our oceans, waves and beaches.

During the last 10 years, Stauffer led the Surfrider Foundation’s national Ocean Protection Initiative as its Senior Ocean Program Manager, where 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, Stauffer 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 new Environmental Director. I look forward to working with our environmental team to maximize the impact of our national and regional efforts across our core initiatives by strengthening the execution of our campaigns and programs, which will ultimately further our mission of protecting our ocean and coasts,” adds Pete Stauffer.

Stauffer 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, Stauffer 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).

Stauffer had been interim Environmental Director after Dr. Chad Nelsen, the organization’s previous Director, was named Chief Executive Officer of the Surfrider Foundation in October, 2014.

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About Surfrider Foundation

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains more than 250,000 supporters, activists and members worldwide. For more information on the Surfrider Foundation, visit For the lastest news, happenings, photos and video, follow @surfrider on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.