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San Diego County Chapter

Staff

Alex Ferron

Alex Ferron

Chapter Manager

(she/her) As Surfrider’s San Diego Chapter Coordinator, Alex helps support and develop chapter campaigns, programs, policy advocacy, and signature events alongside San Diego’s committed volunteers.

Alex’s advocacy work began in the rock climbing industry. She worked to advocate for land access and founded a network to enhance diverse female representation in rock climbing. Off land, Alex has worked on the ocean as a whale-watching guide and passionately seeks to connect new folks with the sea and educate them on the importance of marine preservation.

Before finding her place as a Surfrider employee, Alex was a core volunteer in Surfrider’s Rise Above plastic committee and served on the Surfrider National Justice Equity Diversity and Inclusion Board and Surfrider San Diego’s chapter EC chair.

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 :).

Mitch Silverstein

Mitch Silverstein

Policy Coordinator
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.