Mitch hails from Southern California and spent 10+ years in the San Francisco Bay Area before relocating to San Diego in 2015. As an activist, he strives to raise awareness of how our everyday choices affect the ocean & planet, and advocates for sensible environmental policy at a local level. His ultimate goal is to see good environmental stewardship become mainstream, even “cool.” Mitch served in various volunteer leadership positions before being hired on as Chapter Manager in 2018. In 2022, Mitch transitioned to the chapter’s policy role. He aims to serve as a voice for San Diego’s coast at the local, regional, and state government levels.
When not fighting the good fight, Mitch likes to surf, paddle, roller skate, and hang out with his nieces. He’s also a big sci-fi nerd, but don’t tell anyone.
Sarah recently relocated to San Diego from Juneau, Alaska, where she spent the past five years working on water conservation and getting to know the incredible region and communities of Southeast Alaska. There, she hiked mountains with breathtaking vistas, communed with the whales at every possible chance, experienced occasional northern lights, explored ice caves and glaciers, caught her first wild salmon, and spent as much time on the water and learning from community members as possible.
Born and raised in Paraguay and with a long detour to a landlocked state, Gabriel finally found his way to the beautiful and vast coastline of San Diego. And boy, oh buoy, is he excited to help keep our beaches clean!
Before Gabriel started supporting our amazing network of volunteers and coordinating beach cleanups all around the county, he spent nearly a decade working for a non-profit in Kansas City, focused on increasing healthy food access and equity and inspiring others to grow their own vegetables and fruits. He traded community gardens for sandy shores but continues to strive to make community spaces healthy and accessible for everyone.
When he’s not at the beach or office coordinating a cleanup, Gabriel likes to go hiking with Loki (his fabulous-looking pup), gardening, or find a pick-up soccer game around town.