With more than 20 years’ experience working to protect the coast, Dr. Chad Nelsen has spent the last 16 with the Surfrider Foundation as our Environmental Director. He has been a prominent voice in the environmental community and an instrumental part of hundreds of Surfrider coastal victories, leading countless high-impact campaigns. This is extremely exciting news for the organization. Under Chad’s leadership, we will move toward strengthening our activist network, adopting a more proactive approach to the issues facing our oceans, waves and beaches, while addressing the looming threat of climate change.
The Surfrider Foundation’s story is a powerful one. It is a history of passionate individuals making a difference through constant pressure, endlessly applied. “Success always starts with the people. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do, and be as successful as we are, without the tireless focus and efforts of our dedicated volunteers, staff and board members,” says Michelle Kremer, our COO, who has been working at the Surfrider Foundation for 20-plus years.