Surfrider Foundation Executive Director Will Remain On In Key Advisory Role.
San Clemente, CA (August 17, 2004) – The Executive Director of the San Clemente based Surfrider Foundation, Christopher J. Evans, Esq., has been appointed to the Orange County Superior Court bench as a Commissioner, and will be resigning as the Surfrider Foundation’s Executive Director effective September 16th, 2004. Evans had previously served as the Orange County Senior Assistant District Attorney for felony operations, directing the “major offences” division.
Evans joined the Surfrider Foundation as Executive Director in September of 1999, and has successfully overseen the development of the organization into one of the nation’s top grassroots environmental organizations.
“I think in the last five years we have all brought the Foundation to its rightful place as a leading environmental group, and certainly one of the top grassroots environmental organizations in the nation,” said Evans.
Dr. Mike Orbach, the Chair of the Surfrider Foundation Board of Directors, and Director of the Duke University Marine Laboratory said, “Chris’ leadership has been instrumental in taking the Surfrider Foundation to the next level in effectiveness, scope and organization.”
“He will be sorely missed, but his legacy is a vital, growing organization that will play a principal part in the protection of oceans, waves and beaches worldwide, including public access to those resources.”
Under Evans’ leadership, the Surfrider Foundation has grown from 25,000 members and 44 chapters to nearly 40,000 members and 60 chapters across the United States, along with international affiliates in Australia, Brazil, Europe and Japan. The Surfrider Foundation maintains an annual budget of $2.5 million and nineteen full time staff members.
While the Foundation searches for Evans’ replacement, Deputy Executive Director Michelle Kremer will act as Interim Executive Director. Kremer, Esq. has been with the Foundation for over 10 years as Legal, Administrative and Finance Director.
In announcing his resignation, Evans said “The professionalism, dedication to core values and basic business sense we have brought to the Surfrider Foundation are all things that can never be ‘put back in the tube.’ This will be the legacy of our last five years of very hard work.”
Evans will remain involved on a volunteer basis as a member of the Surfrider Foundation’s Advisory Board, and will also participate on the National Board of Directors Development Committee.
The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. 2004 marks the Surfrider Foundation’s 20th Anniversary. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers, the Foundation now maintains over 37,000 members and 60 chapters across the United States and Puerto Rico, with international affiliates in Australia, Europe, Japan and Brazil. For more information or to join the Surfrider Foundation, visit us at Surfrider.org.