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July 21st 2015:Up Close with Dr. Chad Nelson, CEO of the Surfrider Foundation

This week we get Up Close with the CEO of the Surfrider Foundation, Dr. Chad Nelson. Thirty years ago, a group of surfers from Malibu, California, were concerned about the health risks associated with environmental threats posed by escalating coastal development at their favorite surf spot and they took action. Not even they could have envisioned the history they were making when they succeeded in protecting their beloved surf spot. Since 1984, the Surfrider Foundation has evolved into one of the largest non-profit grassroots organizations dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of th

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Chad Nelson

Chad Nelson is the Environmental Director at the Surfrider Foundation where he has worked since 1998. At Surfrider, Chad is responsible for strategic guidance regarding environmental campaigns at the local through national level, and he oversees a number of environmental programs that include volunteer water quality monitoring, ocean-friendly landscaping, surfonomics, as well as education and outreach programs. Prior to joining Surfrider, Chad was a NOAA Coastal Zone Management Fellow working with Oregon’s state coastal zone management program. He is an alumni of Brown University and Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment and has Doctorate the Environmental Science and Engineering pr
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