• Nik Strong-Cvetich Executive Director

    With many years of experience leading innovative conservation projects, Nik’s mission is to help provide coastal communities with the tools they need to be effective in valuing, protecting and managing their own natural resources.

  • Jonathan Steinberg
    Jonathan Steinberg Operations and Development Director

    Jonathan brings 35 years small business and nonprofit management to Save the Waves. He lives, surfs and fishes on the Westside of Santa Cruz.

  • Trent Hodges Conservation Programs Manager

    Trent started as a Save the Waves WSR Fellow in 2014 completing the Surfonomics studies for Bahia de Todos Santos, Punta de Lobos, and Huanchaco. Trent‘s experience in the Peace Corps in Guatemala and subsequent years in the conservation and advocacy worlds have shaped his love for, and desire to protect the coast


  • Mara Arroyo Rodriguez México Regional Manager

    Mara Arroyo grew up in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. She studied Architecture and completed a Masters Degree in Conservation of Architectural Patrimony at the Universidad Michoacana (UMSNH). 

  • Lauren Parrino Communications Manager

    A Ventura native and UCSC graduate, Lauren began her work with STW as a coordinator for the Chilean campaign Lobos Por Siempre. As a longtime coastal dweller and lover, Lauren uses her skills in communications, marketing, web and graphic design to protect coastal resources for future generations.

  • Riley Hanson
    Riley Hanson Administrative and Program Specialist

    Riley grew up surfing in San Diego, CA where he fostered a connection to the ocean. Once he moved to Santa Cruz, he spent years volunteering for Save The Waves. After completing a degree in World Literature & Cultural Studies from UC Santa Cruz, he has joined our staff.

  • Trey Highton Save The Waves Film Festival Director

    Born and raised in Virginia Beach, VA, Trey grew up around Hobie Cats and fishing boats and made frequent surf trips to the islands of the Outer Banks, NC. He followed an unconventional path of studies as an undergraduate that saw him through four universities on both coasts of the United States.

Board of Directors

  • Julie Cox Board Member
    Through surfing, Julie has led an interesting life combining all things surf.  She launched The Jule Collection in 2005, a line of jewel-inspired women’s surfboards that mixed her ideas and surf knowledge with his masterful shaping. The Jule Collection can be found at Traveler and Noll Surfboards.
  • Al Ramadan Board Member

    Al Ramadan is a co-founding partner at Play Bigger Advisors. He has been a CEO, entrepreneur, operating executive and sailing technologist.

  • Will Henry Board Member & STW Founder

    Will Henry founded Save The Waves Coalition in 2001, in an effort to protect threatened waves on the island of Madeira. A regular visitor to Madeira since 1995, he was drawn to the island’s unique big wave spots and stunning natural scenery.

  • Gregory A. Jones President

    Greg Jones currently works for Google as the Global Director of New Business Sales.  As a “serial entrepeneur,” Greg is also an angel investor and early-stage advisor to several Internet companies.

  • Dean LaTourrette Vice President

    Dean was a founding board member for Save The Waves, helping grow the organization from its infancy, and served as Executive Director from 2007-2012.

  • Ryan Seelbach Secretary

    Ryan is an Environmental Remediation Project Manager for the Presidio Trust, a federal government corporation created to administer and manage the Presidio of San Francisco.

  • Ted Chin Treasurer

    Ted graduated with honors from U.C. Berkeley in 1994, and received his MBA from the Haas School of Business, U.C. Berkeley in 2001.

  • Mark Thomas Board Member

    Mark has been trying to surf since 1970 when a wave bounced sideways off the Oceanside jetty and knocked out his front tooth.  Since then he’s not only figured out how to stand up, but also how to duck better.

  • Christian Charles
    Christian Charles Board Member

    British native and former professional ocean yacht racer, began his creative career as a writer, art director, creative director and director working on commercials for Pepsi, Lucas Films, Hershey, Ford as well as launching webMD during the internet boom.


  • Fernando Aguerre Board Member

    Fernando Aguerre was born and raised in the coastal city of Mar del Plata, Argentina where, along with his brother and lifelong friend, Santiago, he got involved with surfing

  • David Haynes Board Member

    David Haynes is currently Managing Director for Greenmont Capital Partners, a venture capital firm located in Boulder, Colorado, which focuses on investing in green consumer products companies.

  • Josh Karliner Board Member

    He has more than 25 years of experience working on international environmental and human rights issues.  He is author of two books and a wide variety of academic and popular publications on global environmental and health policy.  In the past, Karliner has taught at the University of San Francisco and worked with several organizations, including Greenpeace International and Earth Island Institute.

  • Rachel Strader Board Member

    Rachel Strader has over a decade of experience in ocean conservation. Rachel earned a B.S. in biology from Union College and a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. Her work to date has focused on New England and the U.S. West Coast, supporting ocean planning and sustainable fisheries.