Edward Mazzarella

Environmental Protection Specialist

“It’s important to take advantage of opportunities to network and get field experience. Being actively involved in your community–both inside and outside of the academic setting–will help you work your way into the field.”


San Clemente, CA

Average Work Week

40+ hours

Ed Mazzarella is the director of chapters for the Surfrider Foundation, which seeks to protect and preserve the world’s oceans and beaches through a network of activists.

For 27 years I have proven to be a dynamic leader who brings energy, enthusiasm and humor to motivate my peers, staff and volunteers.

I am highly competent in my ability to strategically assess needs and provide solution-oriented approaches to complex issues. My professional career at Surfrider has allowed me to work with a large and diverse group of professionals ranging from corporate executives, non-profit industry leaders, foundation officers, educators, media, politicians and scientists. Over the course of my career I have continually generated new ideas, created a vision and strategy and led the execution of these. This has led to the Surfrider Foundation being a leader in grassroots activism and creating a model that many organizations want to emulate.”

In his spare time, Ed volunteers locally, rocks out in his band playing guitar, and spends time with his wife and two daughter and the his pups.

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