Why do you volunteer with Coastkeeper? San Diego is my home. I want to do everything in my power to help protect its natural resources and ensure its waterways are safe for generations to come.

What do you wish everyone knew about Coastkeeper? I wish people had a better understanding of the root cause of our polluted waters. I think there’s a misconception that a lot of coastal pollution happens on site, when really its origins are far away and often out of sight, thus out of mind. Monitoring and bringing awareness to these precious “upstream” watersheds is a core focus of San Diego Coastkeeper.

I want to see a world where people selflessly consider how their actions impact the environment and prioritize accordingly.


Joe Callahan is Co-Founder and VP of Product at Classy. Classy is the world’s largest online fundraising platform designed exclusively for nonprofit organizations and social enterprises. Over 4,000 organizations use Classy’s platform to raise billions from people all over the world. At Classy, Joe is responsible for providing organization-wide direction for product strategy, design, and brand experience. Over the last 15+ years he has led creative efforts for start-ups, Fortune 500s, and world-changing nonprofits. Joe is always exploring ways to utilize design-thinking as a force for good.