Why do you volunteer with Coastkeeper?  Coastkeeper is one of the few environmental nonprofits that uses a range of tools to protect the environment: beach clean-ups, water quality monitoring, education, advocacy and litigation. I very strongly support Coastkeeper’s mission.

What do you wish everyone knew about Coastkeeper? That Coastkeeper’s staff and volunteers are real community leaders who practice what they preach.

I want to see a world where every action is shaped by an appreciation for the natural environment and its protection.


Gabriela M. Torres, is born and raised in San Diego, CA. She is a Senior Staff Attorney at Disability Rights California where she manages a heavy litigation practice. In her work for the Surfrider Foundation San Diego, she was the Policy Coordinator, managing clean water and policy issues affecting the California and Mexico border. She has a Master of Law in Environmental Management and Sustainability from Kingston University, London. In her spare time Gabriela enjoys surfing, gardening and needlepoint.