Profile: Pete Stauffer
As the Surfrider Foundation's Environmental Director, Pete works with Surfrider’s environmental, chapter and legal staff to devise and implement advocacy and organizing strategies to advance the organization’s mission in the United States. He also represents Surfrider on national advisory boards and coalitions; works in collaboration with local, state and federal partners, agencies and others in supporting coastal and ocean campaigns and political initiatives. Access Pete’s photo, here.
Prior to becoming the enviornmental director in 2015, Pete led the Surfrider Foundation’s national Ocean Protection Initiative as its Senior Ocean Program Manager for 10 years. In this position he drove the organization’s engagement in issues such as marine protected areas, regional ocean planning and protecting our coasts from new offshore drilling. Earlier in his tenure at Surfrider, Pete paved the way for how Surfrider conducted statewide policy work as the first regional policy manager in Oregon.
“I am very honored to be the Surfrider Foundation’s Environmental Director. Our environmental team works hard to maximize the impact of our national and regional efforts across our core initiatives by strengthening the execution of our campaigns and programs, which ultimately furthers our mission of protecting our ocean and coasts,” says Pete.
Pete holds a master’s degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Washington’s School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, and a bachelor’s in Environmental Policy from Duke University. After completing his master’s degree, he spent a year in Washington D.C. working for the NOAA Fisheries Service in the Office of Science and Technology. In December of 2014 he was appointed to represent non-consumptive recreational users on the Marine Protected Area Federal Advisory Committee of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
NoteStreams By Pete Stauffer
This week Surfrider Foundation and its partners released the Northeast Coastal Recreation Use Study. The study documents the enormous popularity of activities such as beach going, surfing, and wildlife viewing, as well as the major economic benefits they provide.
Let's face it; we're a nation obsessed with the spectacular. Whether it's entertainment, sports, or public policy, we tend to celebrate brazen (and fleeting) success over meaningful accomplishment. For this reason, I’m expecting the fifth year anniversary of our National Ocean Policy to be a muted affair. No jets flying over the capital. No parades in the streets. But that’s okay, because this isn’t about ephemeral success. It’s about something far more important: making sure we preserve our country’s coasts and ocean for generations to come.
Since its first observance by the United Nations in 2008, World Oceans Day has provided an occasion to celebrate the wonders of a magnificent ecosystem. Amazing wildlife, breathtaking views, tasty seafood and recreational enjoyment are just some of the amenities a healthy ocean offers to us.
Thankfully, many of us realize how vital the ocean is and work hard to keep this beautiful ecosystem safe. The Surfrider Foundation is proud to be one of the organizations leading the charge -- empowering citizens from across the country and the world to join us as Ocean Defenders. And it's paying off.
April 20 marks the five-year anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Despite the catastrophic effects this spill had – and continues to have – on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and coastal communities, the federal government is still attempting to introduce new offshore drilling along the Mid- and South Atlantic. Surfrider's Environmental Director, Pete Stauffer, writes about “The Next Great Battle” in the Spring 2015 issue of The Drop, Surfrider's new biannual magazine offered as a new benefit to members who contribute $50 or more annually. Read the full version of the article, then join today for $50 to receive the Fall 2015 issue of The Drop.
As coastal populations grow and new industries loom on the horizon, coastal communities and businesses will have a powerful voice for protecting the places we use and enjoy. So it follows that we – surfers, beach goers and other recreational users – also have a voice to help defend our coasts from an ever-expanding list of threats.
Since our founding 30 years ago, the Surfrider Foundation has not veered from its mission to protect our oceans, waves and beaches so we can enjoy them today, tomorrow and for years to come.
So what’s on our agenda for 2015?
For decades Surfrider members have worked to protect California's north coast from the threat of offshore drilling. That vision has now been realized in the form of permanent protections for Sonoma and Mendocino counties.