Coastal and Marine Conservation Director
As Conservation Director, Ben oversees WiLDCOAST's programmatic and policy work. Ben started at WiLDCOAST in 2005, managing WiLDCOAST’s program to reduce pollution in the Tijuana River and improve the border region's beach water quality. In 2010 he was promoted to the position of Conservation Director.
Ben directed WiLDCOAST's successful advocacy campaign to pass SB167, California legislation to reduce the flow of discarded car tires into sensitive ecosystems in the California – Baja California border region.
Ben serves on the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health Advisory Board and the International Boundary and Water Commission’s Citizens Forum. He has testified at State Senate and Assembly hearings in Sacramento and San Diego on the environmental and health impacts associated with Tijuana River pollution.
He holds a B.S. in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution from the University of California - San Diego and a Masters Degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego.
Ben spends his free time outdoors with friends and family.