Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Save The Waves Bids Fond Farewell to Josh Berry

Environmental Director moving on after five years with organization:

San Francisco, CA – November 23, 2010 – Save The Waves announced that current environmental director Josh Berry will be leaving the organization’s staff in December. Berry, who served as STW’s Chile program director for three years before serving as environmental director for the past two, will be leaving the organization to pursue other interests, including a months-long break from environmental work to refresh and recharge.

“I’m honored to have served as an advocate for the coastal environment on behalf of Save The Waves and the greater community,” says Berry. “I’m so proud of everything we’ve accomplished, from igniting a coastal environmental movement in Chile, to launching the World Surfing Reserves movement, to leading a major emergency relief operation in Chile. Save The Waves has proven repeatedly that with the right focus and passion, you can accomplish a great deal with humble resources.”

Berry leaves Save The Waves as the organization continues to grow in both size and awareness, leading a growing movement around the world to protect the coastal zone with particular emphasis on protecting surfing coastline. Berry, who also led Save The Waves’ Documentary Film program, also hasn’t ruled out collaborating with Save The Waves in the future, and will remain an active member on the organization’s Advisory Board.

“Josh has done amazing work for Save The Waves and has always had a no-nonsense attitude of getting things done,” says STW executive director Dean LaTourrrette. “He’ll definitely be missed, but at the same time he’s also laid solid groundwork for others to come in and continue this significant work. We’re looking forward to expanding on his work in Chile and beyond.”

Above: Josh and the STW Chile Relief ground team, Fall 2010. Photo by Geoffrey Ragatz.

Save The Waves is actively interviewing for a new environmental director, to continue to lead its environmental programs. Interested parties should contact the organization through email via "info at savethewaves dot org" or 831-426-6169.

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