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San Diego County Chapter

Staff

Mitch Silverstein

Mitch Silverstein

Chapter Manager
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 previously led the Rise Above Plastics committee, where he helped achieve several policy victories and expanded the Ocean Friendly Restaurants program. He also served as Vice Chair of the Executive Committee before being hired on as staff. As Chapter Manager, Mitch’s #1 priority is empowering volunteers to protect what they love. When not fighting the good fight, Mitch likes to surf, paddle, roller skate, and hang out with his niece.  He’s also a big sci-fi nerd, but don’t tell anyone!
Laura Walsh

Laura Walsh

Policy Coordinator
As Policy Coordinator at Surfrider San Diego County, Laura focuses on advocacy that protects and preserves San Diego’s 70 miles of coastline. Laura previously managed climate adaptation programming at the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative and received her MAS degree from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Laura loves to surf, dive, sail and explore the California coast.
Melissa Reyes

Melissa Reyes

Beach Cleanups & Outreach Coordinator

Hi! My name is Melissa. I’m originally from Mexico, but I moved to the US at a young age. I’ve always had a strong connection with the environment and decided to pursue that passion as a career. I recently graduated from CSUSM with a B.A in Environmental Studies. Fun fact about myself: I’m a Capricorn sun and my favorite pass time is reading about stones and crystals :).

Trisha Mejia

Trisha Mejia

Campaign Manager - Clean Border Water Now
Trisha Ann Mejia is a Native Californian.

Trisha has a science and public health background. She believes environmental health is related to public health. Trisha advocates for clean water, soil, and air as necessities for life. She worked at the Environmental Law & Justice Clinic in law school, advocating for environmental justice in underserved communities.

In September of 2021, Trisha joined Surfrider Foundation as the Clean Border Water Now Campaign Manager. Trisha is dedicated to raising awareness of the severity of the pollution crisis at the U.S./Mexico border, advocating for clean water with key policymakers, and creating positive change in Southern California and Baja California communities.

Trisha loves to surf, hike, practice yoga, practice spirituality, watch the sunset at the beach and travel through California.