Dana WilliamsDevelopment Manager
Caroline CanterChapter Coordinator
Julia Chunn-HeerPolicy Manager
Gabriela TorresPolicy Coordinator
A Canadian native, Dana joined Surfrider in late 2016 after an extensive career in fundraising, cause marketing and sponsorship activation. Dana is passionate about the environment and doing her part to protect it for future generations. One of her favorite quotes is: “If not us, who? If not now, when?” When she’s not helping individuals and companies make an impact, she loves hanging out with her husband and two daughters, ideally at the beach.
Caroline began her career in the nonprofit realm with a river conservancy while working on her Environmental Management degree from UNC-Asheville. She has since worked for a variety of enviro nonprofit organizations, bringing a strong background in environmental, nonprofit and volunteer management to the Chapter. Caroline is an avid kayaker, rock climber and all around outdoor enthusiast.
Julia is a graduate of UCLA, and has been working with the Surfrider Foundation since 2007, including a venture as the General Manager of Surfrider Australia. She grew up surfing in San Diego, giving her a passion to protect the coastline for future generations.
Gabriela M. Torres is a native of San Diego.
Gabriela received a B.S. in International Business from the University of San Francisco, an undergraduate institution that focuses heavily on social justice and community. She graduated from California Western School of law and spent her first years out of law school working for a dispute resolution firm in Madrid, Spain working primarily on commercial matters before various arbitration tribunals in Madrid, London, Geneva and New York. She then moved to London where she opened a boutique practice and continued to focus on dispute resolution before completing a Masters of Law in International Environmental Law and Sustainability at Kingston University London where she graduated with the highest distinction. She wrote her dissertation on the impact of CEQA on California’s environment.
Gabriela is an attorney with a focus on environmental protection.
In September 2017, Gabriela joined Surfrider Foundation San Diego to work on the policy aspects of the No Border Sewage Program. Gabriela has played a significant role in raising awareness of the severity of the crisis at the US/Mexico border, advocating for clean water with key policy makers and creating positive change in both Southern California and Baja communities.
Gabriela is fluent in Spanish.