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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.


Savanah Cacace - Volunteer Coordinator

Meet Savanah, her love for the ocean brought her to the beautiful PNW. She’s a devoted surfer who is passionate to protect our waves and beaches. Savanah’s environmental activism began while attending the University of Tennessee, where she served as fellowship chair for Alpha Phi Omega. In this role, she coordinated campus clean ups, social events and sustainability awareness programs. Savanah joined Surfrider Foundation to work alongside a community of surfers and water people alike who are committed to preserving our coastlines and protecting our ocean. When she’s not working in Seattle, you can find her out on the waves or hitting the trails with her big red dog, Charlie.


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.


Julia Malone - Events Coordinator


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.


Brooke Kaufman - Beach Cleanup Manager

Brooke first discovered Surfrider through research for an article on surfing communities in Washington. As a San Diego native, Brooke had always hoped to find a group of fellow surfers and ocean enthusiasts in Seattle. Joining the Surfrider family has fulfilled this hope and allowed Brooke to become an advocate for coastal preservation, cleaner waterways, and accessible beaches for all. Brooke graduated from the University of Washington in 2021 and is the Communications Specialist for the Seattle Clemency Project. In her spare time, Brooke loves sunset swims, suffer-fest hikes, and testing the limits of her two-wheel drive vehicle.


Lindsey Biondo - Fundraising

Meet Lindsey, a passionate ocean conservation advocate and surfer.  She works with us as our Fundraising Lead to help build our community and support in the Seattle area to broaden our impact. In her day job, Lindsey works as a strategic creative lead for an ocean tech company, where she works alongside scientists and the like to scale understanding and preservation of our oceans. When she’s not working with Surfrider, you can catch her out on the coast surfing, playing guitar, or out hunting for mushrooms.


Diana Haass - Sustainable Swag

Diana joined Surfrider in early 2022 as a way to connect with the Seattle community and to contribute towards sustainability efforts. As a Washington native, she has always been an ocean-lover and is passionate about preservation and conservation. At Surfrider, Diana is working on getting cool swag out to our members and community. For work, she’s involved with wildlife research. In her free time, Diana likes to scuba dive, paddle board, and see live music!

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