Santa Cruz Chapter

About Us:Team

Alli Webster, Chair – Alli fell in love with the ocean as a child, spending summers sailing with her family in Maine.  She grew up hours from the ocean in the suburbs of Philadelphia, graduated college in upstate New York, then took off running to Santa Cruz in 2016 and never looked back.  Alli ran our Blue Water Task Force for over two years.  She has a passion for protecting the ocean, and plans to return to school for Environmental Policy to pursue a career in the field.  This position is a dream job for her, and she is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to grow our chapter as Chair.  chair@santacruz.surfrider.org

Kyle Bergerson, Vice Chair – Kyle is a UCSC graduate with a B.S. in Earth Science. Being an avid waterman for over a decade, Kyle has committed to making the ocean and coastline a better place for future generations. Kyle has worked with Surfrider Santa Cruz for over 3 years as a BWTF water sampler, private beach cleanup coordinator working with local schools and companies, and event tabling advocate. Now, it’s time for this young man to step up the game as Vice Chair, with plans to increase chapter meeting attendance, assist the Volunteer Coordinator, expand our “Ocean Friendly” programs, and work with our Chair in any way suitable.  Kyle is currently attending San Jose State University working toward a Masters of Science in Meteorology.   vicechair@santacruz.surfrider.org

Rachel Freeman, Consultant – Rachel got her start surfing during the Nor’easters and blizzards of New England during college. She has since relocated back to the warmer waters of California and remains irreversibly hooked on salt water. Surfrider’s mission was a natural fit for her passion to protect the marine environment. After volunteering with the Surfrider Chapter of San Diego, Rachel relocated to Santa Cruz in February of 2017. Following her commitment to ocean conservation, Rachel joined the Blue Water Task Force with the Santa Cruz Chapter where she collected weekly samples at two of her favorite surf breaks. Rachel served as chair for about a year, and now is a crucial contributing member to our team. Rachel currently works full-time in marketing, highlighting projects around sustainability wherever possible.  She is currently most interested in reducing the use of agricultural plastics.

Blue Water Task Force Coordinator BWTF@santacruz.surfrider.org

Hayley Nuetzel & Maria Hamilton, Beach Clean-up Coordinators – Hayley and Maria are excited to take on the role of Beach Clean-up Coordinator at the Surfrider Foundation – Santa Cruz Chapter! Hayley and Maria are acting as Coordinators as representatives of UCSC Sea Slugs, a campus-based organization that advocates for environmental stewardship, particularly within the marine environment. Additionally, one of the founding objectives of Sea Slugs has always been to increase UCSC student involvement in larger community organizations that share our goals, like the Surfrider Foundation. Hayley and Maria are also graduate students in the Ocean Sciences department at UCSC.

Jenny Campbell, Secretary & Social Media Lead – Jenny is a lifelong water girl who fell in love with Santa Cruz while getting her master’s at UCSC. She has been surfing for almost 20 years, and recently fell in love with kiteboarding, which now takes up most of her ocean play time. Kiting gives her a new way of experiencing her other life passion of adventure travel, having traveled to over 50 countries, and kited on 5 continents. When she’s not on the water, Jenny works full time as a health economist to bring better health care to developing countries and with any extra time she designs bikinis for water sports. secretary@santacruz.surfrider.org

amberAmber Jones, Education Coordinator – Born and raised in Southern California, Amber moved to Santa Cruz about 12 years ago. When she encounters something that sparks her interest she is off and running. She’s a certified life coach and owns a small local business that helps children and families. Her biggest accomplishment and what she is most proud of is becoming a mother to her wonderful daughter ten years ago. Amber loves being a mom and all that it entails. She’s an active volunteer at her daughter’s school through teaching life lab, field trip coordinator, and classroom parent. Family and being active in the community are very important to Amber. She also has a deep love for the ocean and marine life. If you ask her she will tell you the ocean is her second home. When she’s not on land you will find her in the water surfing,  kayaking, sailing, or snorkeling. Her connectivity to the ocean in all these ways keeps her happy and compels her to want to help protect and preserve it. education@santacruz.surfrider.org

 

Jim Littlefield- Long-time Member– Jim has served various roles in during his tenure with the Surfrider Santa Cruz Chapter, including Chair, Vice Chair 4 times, Program Lead and Treasurer. Jim is currently the West Coast Director of Surfers’ Environmental  Alliance (SEA). He was the lead activist in establishing the Santa Cruz World Surfing Rerserve and chairs the Local Stewardship Council for in relation to this. Jim was active in establishing Waddell Creek State Beach a “Regional Surfing Zone.” He has attend and presented at 3 Global Wave Conferences in Europe, Baja, and Santa Cruz.

 

 

Open Position – Volunteer Coordinator- (contact us to apply!)

Must be a Surfrider Foundation Member; 2 to 20 hours per week. 2-year commitment; one chapter meeting per month and/or Executive Committee meeting per month

  • Manage volunteer sign-ups, direct volunteers to the correct people
  • Help recruit to our volunteer team
  • Contributes to the chapter’s website and social media pages
  • Adheres to the Chapter Financial Manual Policies, Procedures, and Guidelines.

Open Position – Event Coordinator- (contact us to apply!)

Must be a Surfrider Foundation Member; 2 to 20 hours per week. 2-year commitment; one chapter meeting per month and/or Executive Committee meeting per month

  • Work with local businesses to coordinate Chapter events
  • Establish a social media presence around events 
  • Manages events from start to finish 
  • Use the eventcoordinator@ email address for chapter related emails
  • Tracks event outcomes and uploads new contacts from events into Surfrider mailing list
  • Contributes to the chapter’s website and social media pages
  • Adheres to the Chapter Financial Manual Policies, Procedures, and Guidelines.