Why do you volunteer with Coastkeeper? Protecting our waterways is vital to a healthy ecosystem and community. Coastkeeper actively works to safeguard this invaluable resource San Diegans share and enjoy.

What do you wish everyone knew about Coastkeeper? Coastkeeper staff and volunteers are our communities’ leading defenders and problem solvers in protecting our region’s waterways.

I want to see a world where our society prioritizes the protection of our natural environment.


Michael Torti is pursuing a Masters of Advanced Studies in Climate Science and Policy at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO).  Michael is the immediate past chair of Surfrider Foundation San Diego. His contribution to the Surfrider Foundation includes co-creating Surfrider’s Ocean Friendly Restaurants program, successfully advocating for single-use plastic ordinances, and developing the Blue Water Task Force. Michael serves as co-chair of Business for Good Environmental Health Committee and is on the board of directors of the United Nations Association San Diego Chapter. Michael graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in Political Science. He lives in Downtown San Diego with his wife.