Why do you volunteer with Coastkeeper? Coastkeeper knows that what happens on land matters in the ocean. By protecting and restoring our freshwater systems, we’re supporting health marine wildlife and habitat.

What do you wish everyone knew about Coastkeeper? People-power and science run the show here. We manage the state’s largest volunteer-powered water quality monitoring program and are the only Waterkeeper organization in California with our own lab.

I want to see a world where coastal communities, marine wildlife and our California economy all thrive together and where everyone has access to safe, clean beaches.


Samantha Murray is the Executive Director of the Master of Advanced Studies Program in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, where she teaches Ocean Law and Policy and other graduate courses. She has nearly two decades of experience in conservation and has directed ocean and water programs at Ocean Conservancy, the Audubon Society and Oregon Environmental Council. Samantha played a key role in the design and implementation of California’s network of marine protected areas, which now cover 16 percent of state waters, and served on the Marine Protected Area Federal Advisory Committee from 2014-2018. Samantha has spoken at conferences around the world on best practices in ocean conservation and is committed to diversity, inclusion and equitable impacts of public policy.