Why do you volunteer with Coastkeeper? Water is the giver of life. If we have no water, we have no life. More specifically, if we do not have healthy water, we do not have health, both for the environment and ourselves. Coastkeeper is a leader in helping us understand and protect our water sources. Great people, great mission.

What do you wish everyone knew about Coastkeeper? While the coast is critical, it is not just the coast. The Coastkeeper has a great team of science-focused professionals and resources working to help San Diego and Southern California keep its wonderful water resources sustainable.

I want to see a world where we all love and respect the delicate balance of nature and our impact on nature.


Lee Duran is a CPA providing professional services for over 34 years to global and domestic companies. Lee was a partner with BDO USA for over 20 years and a board member until his retirement in 2020. Before BDO, Lee was a partner with KPMG Japan, focusing on international operations and financial reporting. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Palau Micronesia and a Thunderbird School of Global Management and San Diego State University graduate. Lee is passionate about being outdoors, enjoying hiking, jogging, and volunteering for environmental organizations.

His specialty includes renewable energy and sustainability-focused companies. He serves as the board chairman at Center for Sustainable Energy and SDSU Lamden School of Accounting. He has a long history of board service for both profit and not-for-profit organizations.