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Our Surfrider Seattle Chapter Team

The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches, for all people, through a powerful activist network. For more than 34 years, the Surfrider Foundation has been protecting what you love. Our organization is part of one of the most powerful coastal protection groups in the world with over 500,000 members, 84 chapters, and 40 clubs. 

The Surfrider Foundation Seattle Chapter is a grassroots organization made up of  local activists with a shared desire to protect the environmental quality of the Puget Sound region and the coast of Washington State. Our efforts include targeted letter writing campaigns, attendance at public hearings, in addition to hands-on beach cleanups and water quality improvement projects. We invite everyone who is passionate about protecting and preserving our state’s waters, ensuring beaches are accessible, protecting our ocean, and keeping plastic from polluting our waterways—to get involved.


Drew Albenze - Chair

Drew is a veteran volunteer with Surfrider, having also served as Chair of the Los Angeles chapter in the early 2000s. He is passionate about policy, social justice, and (of course) clean water. Professionally, Drew is a producer / program manager for Microsoft Production Studios. When not volunteering or working, Drew spends his time playing his guitar, paddling, and enjoying the natural wonders and beauty of the PNW.


Charlotte Sedlock - Vice Chair

Charlotte is a life-long ocean devotee and sustainability professional who believes that community engagement and grassroots activism are fundamental to actualizing positive systemic change.
Her love of the ocean stems from early memories of studying the Monterey Peninsula's tidepools with her grandparents, who were the founders of the Tide Pool Coalition. Motivated to follow her grandparents' footsteps with a career in sustainability, Charlotte attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, to study environmental science and communication. During her time at UCSB, Charlotte volunteered with UCSB's Surfrider Chapter as its Event Coordinator. Surfrider's community, mission, and activist efforts hooked her, and she continues to volunteer with the Seattle Surfrider Chapter as its Vice Chair while operating as a corporate sustainability professional and consultant.
Trying to get out on the water as often as possible, you can find Charlotte paddling on Lake Washington, canoeing at Green Lake, or playing fetch with her dog Olive on Whidbey Island.


Raeshell Joy - Volunteer Coordinator / Youth Outreach Lead

Raeshell grew up on Kauai with a love of the ocean and the waves. She is passionate about environmental education and inspiring young people to enjoy and care for our coast. Whether paddling or sailing on the water or walking beside it looking for sea glass with her kids, Raeshell feels a deep connection with the ocean and wants to grow our community's connection to the Salish Sea that is home to us all.


Madi Pickett - Communications Coordinator

I have been with Surfrider Seattle since 2021, and I was a member of the Massachusetts Chapter beforehand. I am currently working at the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington.


Marcy Melville - Event Coordinator

Marcy has been a part of Surfrider since her first beach cleanup at age 5. A newcomer to Washington, she transferred her skills from San Diego to Seattle and is excited to be part of the team!

Marcy's also excited to announce she'll be the proud new owner of a kayak this year (once that REI dividend hits!), despite never having paddled in a straight line in her life. Believe us, it's not from lack of trying. Watch out!


Alex Thomas - Treasurer

Meet Alex Tomes, the passionate surfer and dedicated treasurer of the Seattle Surfrider Foundation. With 10 years of experience living in the Emerald City, Alex has a deep appreciation for the local community and a love for the ocean. As an avid surfer, Alex understands the importance of protecting and preserving our coastal environment and is committed to making a positive impact through his role at the foundation. Join Alex in supporting the Seattle Surfrider Foundation's mission to protect and preserve our oceans, waves, and beaches for all to enjoy.

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