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Surfrider Foundation appoints Lauren Blickley as new Hawaii regional manager

By Staff | Mar 24, 2020

Known for her work in Hawaii’s ocean conservation community and experience in nonprofit management, Lauren Blickley brings a unique skill set to expand the Surfrider Foundation’s island chapters.

HONOLULU – The Surfrider Foundation last week announced that Lauren Blickley has been appointed the organization’s new Hawaii regional manager.

Based on Maui, she has worked within Hawaii’s ocean conservation community for nearly ten years and brings a vast skill set to support, expand and enhance the Hawaiian Island chapters.

“We look forward to Lauren contributing her talents and expertise to further the Surfrider Foundation’s goals of protecting the ocean and coasts and expanding its powerful activist network in Hawaii,” said Doorae Shin, Surfrider Foundation Oahu Chapter coordinator.

Blickley is a highly skilled environmental professional with nonprofit and project management experience, in addition to a background in ocean conservation, research and education.

Her most recent work has focused on implementing successful environmental programs addressing plastic pollution, sustainable tourism and climate change.

As the Hawaii regional manager, Blickley’s work focuses on supporting the state’s five volunteer-based Surfrider chapters.

Active chapters include Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Hilo and Kona. Chapters run a number of programs to promote healthy oceans and beaches, including water quality monitoring, beach cleanups, Ocean Friendly Restaurants, and policies to reduce single-use plastics.

“The Hawaii chapters do an incredible amount of work to promote and protect our local coastal resources,” said Blickley.

“I am thankful for the opportunity to work side-by-side so many passionate volunteers and community members.”

Previously, Blickley worked on notable campaigns, such as Maui’s polystyrene ban and Hawaii’s statewide tobacco-free beaches and parks legislation.

She is a co-founder of the Zero Waste Maui Coalition.

Blickley is a graduate of Maui County’s Ka Ipu Kukui Fellowship Program and holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science & Management with a concentration in Coastal & Marine Resource Management from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

To learn more about the Surfrider Foundation, visit www.surfrider.org/.

The Surfrider Foundation is a nonprofit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful network.

Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over one million supporters, activists and members, with more than 170 volunteer-led chapters and student clubs in the U.S., including five volunteer-based chapters throughout Hawaii, and more than 600 victories protecting the coasts. Learn more at surfrider.org or surfrider.org/chapters.