About Us:Team

Sam ThumbnailSam Blakesley, Chair – Sam is an ocean enthusiast from Oceanside, CA, who moved to Santa Cruz four years ago and began volunteering with Surfrider Foundation. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies at UC Santa Cruz, focusing on sustainability and conservation, and coordinating the Blue Water Task Force is a perfect compliment to what he is studying. Whether it is surfing, kayak fishing, or just swimming, Sam is on the water any chance he gets. Thus, he is passionate about the health and well being of our waves, water, and all that it provides for us. BWTF@santacruz.surfrider.org

Jim Littlefield, Vice Chair – Jim has been an active member of Surfrider since 2001, a chapter activist since 2003, a former Chapter Chair, and has held several key positions in chapter operations, including drafting chapter letters for many years and speaking for the chapter at public meetings. Jim is on the National Board of Directors of Surfers’ Environmental Alliance and is Chair of the Local Stewardship Council for the Santa Cruz World Surfing Reserve. vicechair@santacruz.surfrider.org


Jenny Campbell, Secretary – 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

Open Position – Treasurer – (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

  • Maintains chapter financial records
  • Establishes and or maintain chapter bank account with proper signers
  • Reports chapter financial transactions at monthly meetings
  • Use the Treasurer@ email address for chapter related emails
  • Expends chapter funds as decided by the chapter Executive Committee
  • Submits quarterly financial reports to the national office
  • Participates in “Dropbox” software to share financial data with SFHQ
  • Pays chapter bills on time including PO Box and or storage space if applicable
  • Gives donor information to Secretary for thank you letters
  • Contributes to the chapter’s website and social media pages
  • Adheres to the Chapter Financial Manual Policies, Procedures, and Guidelines.

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

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

  • One of the most important jobs in the chapter because there are typically hundreds of members in every chapter being led by a few
  • Coordinates with committees (campaign or events) and/or campaign and program leaders to identify volunteer needs
  • Leads volunteer recruitment by communicating those needs to the membership and posting volunteer opportunities elsewhere as appropriate
  • Build and manage a database or list of volunteers and potential volunteers
  • Gets to know volunteers, their interests and match them to opportunities
  • Responds to inquiries from people seeking to volunteer
  • Contributes to the chapter’s website and social media pages
  • • Possibly -communicates to the chapter membership via mass emails
  • • *Note: unless the Volunteer Coordinator wants to, the Volunteer Coordinator is not expected to lead a program (Le. beach cleanups) or lead specialized volunteer training (Le. for water quality monitoring. These duties fall to the respective Program Leaders.
  • Uses the Volunteercoordinator@email address for chapter related emails

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

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 both graduate students in the Ocean Sciences department at UCSC.

Matt Kuhn, Member At Large – Growing up in Santa Cruz, Matt has been affiliated with Surfrider since he started surfing at the age of 13. Spending 12 years in Santa Barbara, San Diego, and most recently Austin, TX, Matt became an active member of the Central Texas Chapter (yes there is surf in Texas) holding the Volunteer Coordinator position and revamping the Chapter’s website, social media campaigns, and outreach. Matt is passionate about protecting our oceans, waves, and beaches, and is always reducing his carbon footprint however he can. He is incredibly stoked to be back in his Santa Cruz, and when he is not spreading awareness for the protection of our beaches he works as a Customer Success Manager for Looker, located in downtown Santa Cruz. Matt loves spending time with his two young sons and Wife, and enjoys surfing trips to Mexico and living happily ever now!

Sarah Mansergh, Program Coordinator – It’s the ocean. Sarah loves it. It keeps us healthy so Sarah returns the favor. What better way than cleaning it up, protecting it and dipping in as often as she can. Sarah has never lived more than 20 minutes away from the beach, and her career as a Marine Biologist ensures that will probably be the case for the rest of her life. Although she is not a surfer (sacrilege, she knows), Surfrider allows Sarah to be active in the community and keep this magnificent back yard healthy for all of us to enjoy. Sarah became active in the chapter in 2008 as a water sampler; quickly moved on to running the lab and coordinating our BWTF, and then got involved in our executive committee and took over treasurer duties for awhile. Now, between remodeling her house, traveling the world and finishing her masters, she is constantly amazed at the enthusiasm and spirit of the volunteers that join our group. Sarah is excited and loves having so many passionate and friendly partners to help us keep our ocean healthy. chair@santacruz.surfrider.org

Megan Jones, Conservation and Social Marketing Lead – A native to the Santa Cruz Mountains, Megan has always loved the ocean. After being away in Southern California for 5 years, Megan is excited to be back where the fog is heavy and the people wear tie-dye. Whether it’s surfing at The Hook, kayaking at the harbor, or picnicking on the West Side, she loves being back in The Cruz. After working in Malibu, CA as a marketing consultant for a non-profit based around ocean preservation, Megan hopes to continue protecting our world’s oceans by extending education on sustainable seafood and plastic pollution to her local communities, as well as promote volunteer outreach. Along with exploring graduate studies programs, she has recently returned from traveling Central America and South East Asia, and has started a new project designing bikinis. Megan has become pumped to get plugged in with fellow ocean-minded community members through the SC chapter of The Surfrider Foundation, and looks forward to giving back in whatever way that she can, whether it be on the back-end with digital marketing and managing social channels, or helping out with the front-line by taking-part in monthly beach cleanups. Give Megan some records and a yoga mat on the sand and she’ll consider herself a happy girl!

11899813_10200769307831878_274383958880587578_nAlex Takeshita, BWTF – Alex has always loved spending time in the water, either through competitive swimming, water polo, or just hanging out at the beach with her friends. Currently studying at UCSC, majoring in Environmental Policy with a minor in Sustainability and Legal Studies, volunteering for Surfrider has given Alex an opportunity to become part of a supportive community that share the same values — protecting and advocating for the environment.


1929441_10208704598070385_7686869236001910419_nBrian Pfeiffer, BWTF – Brian has been working in public health for the past five years as a counselor in reproductive health and medical assistant at community clinics. As a surfer he became increasingly concerned about the quality of the water he was spending so much time in, and shortly after began volunteering wth SRSC’s Blue Water Task Force.