Phillip Musegaas

Executive Director And Waterkeeper
Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri
Pronouns: He/Him/His
My favorite San Diego beer is:

“I can’t wait to find out!”

My favorite way to enjoy water is: Up close – swimming and kayaking in the ocean, rivers, you name it.
I want to see a world where: clean water is a fundamental right, the intrinsic value of healthy marine ecosystems is undisputed, and communities are empowered to protect and restore clean water in their own backyards.

Phillip serves as the executive director and Waterkeeper for San Diego Coastkeeper, where he leads the organization and directs Coastkeeper’s legal, policy, and advocacy work.

Prior to joining Coastkeeper in October 2022, Phillip worked with a team of Riverkeepers to protect the public’s right to clean water on the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers at Potomac Riverkeeper Network. Successful legal and legislative campaigns led to big reductions in urban sewage pollution, agricultural runoff and the Potomac’s first community led water quality monitoring program. Phillip came to the Potomac after ten years as the Legal Director at Hudson Riverkeeper in New York. As the incoming executive director, Phillip leads the organization in its mission to protect and restore San Diego County’s waterways and move towards safe, clean water for our region.

Phillip has a degree in geography from the University of Washington, and a Juris Doctor degree from Pace University Law School.