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·        18 Years, Director of Sierra Club’s California Coastal Programs

·        3 Years, General Counsel of Surfrider Foundation

·        Founder, Surfers’ Environmental Alliance

·        Founder, National Association of Surfing Attorneys

·        Founder, Oceans4All

·        Past member, Board of Directors, California Coastal Protection Network

·        Past member, Board of Directors, Vote the Coast

·        Past member, Board of Directors, California CoastWalk

·        Advisory Board, Save the Waves

·        Member, Board of Directors, Oceans4All


Worked to create and obtain development and restoration approvals for The Malibu Institute, a 700-acre redevelopment of the historic Malibu Golf Course to include new conservation oriented golf, overnight resort and retreat conference facilities and a 500-acre dedication to the National Park Service for expansion of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. (2008-2014)


Helped establish El Capitan Canyon Resort in Santa Barbara CA. as part of a 3000+ acre conservation development designed to create a 300-acre visitor-serving public recreation development alongside a 2500-acre expansion of El Capitan State Park. (1998-2006)


·        Private retail commercial development,

·        Residential housing, remodel and subdivision projects,

·        Seawall armoring repair and construction projects,

·        Ranch conservation, management and agricultural development planning,

·        Public shoreline access and sea rise strategies,

·        Establishment of private conservation oriented green cemeteries in the coastal zone,

·        Local government and special district representation, and

·        Specialty issues related to land use, local government agencies, Local Coastal Plans, Public Works Plans, Long Range Development Plans, and working with local, state and federal agencies to achieve permits and certifications of all types.

For more examples of previous and current projects, click here.