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Surfrider Foundation names new Environmental Director



Environment Updates

Senior Ocean Program Manager Pete Stauffer takes new position

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 10 March, 2015 - Pete Stauffer has been appointed the new Environmental Director of the Surfrider Foundation. 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, Pete 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.

Katie Ferguson

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