Here we are—the people behind San Diego Coastkeeper. Please find phone numbers and email addresses on our staff contact page.
Matt O’Malley, Executive Director and Waterkeeper
Hometown: Palisades Park, New Jersey
I live in San Diego because: I can snorkel. It gives a single view into two unique but closely connected worlds – one above and one below the surface.
I wish every San Diegan knew: The best beers on the planet are made here.
Invulnerable: Let’s create a regulatory framework where absolute protection is the default; one that adopts a regenerative, restorative, integrated-water approach and recognizes the benefits of clean water for everyone, as a basic right.
Read Matt O’Malley’s bio.
Julie Earnest, Education Specialist
Hometown: Dover-Foxcroft, Maine
I live in San Diego because: Our sunshine makes for beautiful landscapes and friendly people.
I wish every San Diegan knew: The scope of San Diego Coastkeeper’s impact on our water is truly vast. Most people would be shocked to learn how much we’ve influenced public policy and environmental education over the last twenty years.
Playable: Water doesn’t just keep us alive, it makes life worth living. The smell of rain, the sound of a rushing river, the view of an ocean sunset: they give us meaning.
Read Julie Earnest’s bio.
Jamie Hampton, Marketing and Communications
Hometown: Walterville, Oregon.
I live in San Diego because: My winter jacket is actually a sweater.
I wish every San Diegan knew: San Diego is a bicycle friendly city. You just have to park the car long enough to try it.
Splashable: Because the bests parts of life are better with a splash of clean water.
Kristin Kuhn, Programs Director
Hometown: Bigfork, Montana.
I live in San Diego because: I can’t imagine a better place to live.
I wish every San Diegan knew: How much of this city’s identity is derived from the wild spaces that surround us, be it the ocean to the west or the desert and mountains to the east.
Unforgettable: Our shared waters provide unforgettable experiences when we play in them, but water also shouldn’t be undervalued in its more mundane, though critical, role in keeping our bodies, homes and cities alive and functioning.
Sandra J. Lebrón, Education Manager
Hometown: Puerto Rico
I live in San Diego because: Destiny. My husband’s career brought us here.
I wish every San Diegan knew: No matter what hometown food you crave, there is a 99 percent possibility you can find it in San Diego cooked by the hand of a fellow compatriot.
Teachable: Science and water surround us; teaching water conservation is easier with so many teachable moments around us!
Meredith Meyers, Staff Scientist/Lab Manager
Hometown: Miami, FL.
I live in San Diego because: I can dip my toes in the ocean every single day.
I wish every San Diegan knew: You can swim with leopard sharks every summer and fall.
Inseparable: Clean water and a healthy ecosystem go hand in hand. Let’s help preserve San Diego’s incredible natural environment by protecting its water resources.
Read Meredith Meyers’ bio.
Stephanie Ritter, Development Manager
Hometown: San Anselmo, Calif.
I live in San Diego because: Local craft beer. Sunset Cliffs. Mexican food.
I wish every San Diegan knew: You can play volleyball just about anywhere and with just about anyone.
Playable: Our lives revolve around playing in and around the water. Keeping our waters clean and healthy ensures that our lives are clean and healthy as well.
Read Stephanie Ritter’s bio.