Trent Hodges

Conservation Programs Manager

Trent manages Save the Waves programmatic work includes the World Surfing Reserves, Endangered Waves, Surfonomics, and Surf Protected Areas Networks (SPANS).  As a previous fellow with the organization, Trent has a great appreciation for, and understanding of community conservation models that are inclusive and impact oriented.

Previously, Trent lead the Plastic Pollution initiative of the Surfrider Foundation supporting the chapter network in carrying out their advocacy campaigns and programs that reduce plastic pollution at the source.  He also developed new programs that educate and inspire the public to refuse single-use plastics.  Trent also served as the Outdoor Programs Director for the Big Sur Land Trust leading outdoor experiences for underserved youth in Monterey County.

Trent holds an M.A from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in International Environmental Policy and Ocean and Coastal Management.  Trent also served in the Peace Corps in Guatemala where he first learned about community conservation and how to build a local constituency for environmental protection.

Originally from Idaho, Trent has a great appreciation for watersheds and the connection between land and sea. Trent loves all water activities including surfing, prone paddling, swimming, and sailing.  His chocolate lab “Duke” is his constant companion and best friend.