NYC Chapter

Our Team

Nikita Scott

Nikita Scott

Chair

Nikita's Bio

Leaving Scotland to chase waves around the world, Nikita settled on New York City as her new home break. Having always believed that we should protect what we love, it was only a matter of time before she found her way to the Surfrider Foundation.

Nikita started volunteering with Surfrider by leading a victorious campaign to defeat Port Ambrose, a liquefied natural gas (LNG) port proposed for off the coast of NY. In 2016, Nikita was elected Chair of the NYC Chapter where she has focused on growing the chapter by encouraging an inclusive community, expanding the chapter’s agenda and creating strategic partnerships. Nikita has also worked to elevate the value that the chapter can bring to the broader environmental movement, primarily through coalition work and she currently sits on the People’s Climate Movement NYC planning committee.

Nikita has shared the work of Surfrider Foundation NYC at SXSW, the UN Youth Assembly, VICE and the Soho House Impact Series, is a recipient of the 2015 Wavemaker Award in Environmental Leadership and  been featured in Whalebone, The Daily Record and The Scottish National Herald.

Professionally, Nikita works in the social impact sector and is a graduate of the University of Glasgow, Scotland.

Please contact her here: chair@nyc.surfrider.org

Open Role

Open Role

Lead for Rise Above Plastics
Rise Above Plastics Lead
Maggie Mannix

Maggie Mannix

Secretary

Maggie is originally from Eastern Long Island. Growing up near the beach, she has always had a love for the ocean and the outdoors. That love has led to a passion for ocean conservation and environmental sustainability. Maggie is excited to work with the Surfrider NYC team to work towards an ocean-friendly city that preserves and looks for ways to make the ocean safe, clean, and accessible for all New Yorkers, now and for generations to come.

Please contact our Secretary, Maggie, here: secretary@nyc.surfrider.org

Bryant Law

Bryant Law

Treasurer
Bryant's Bio
Bryant is our treasurer. Please contact him here: treasurer@nyc.surfrider.org
Jason Camhi

Jason Camhi

Executive At Large
Jason's Bio
Jason is our Executive at Large. Please contact him here: atlarge@nyc.surfrider.org
Nick Lynn

Nick Lynn

Chair Emeritus
Nick's Bio
Please contact Nick here: nick@nyc.surfrider.org
Adriana Jovanovic

Adriana Jovanovic

Ocean Friendly Garden Lead
Adriana's Bio
Adriana leads our Ocean Friendly Garden program to help build gardens and bioswales. Please contact her here: OFG@nyc.surfrider.org
Blue Water Task Force

Blue Water Task Force

Water Quality Testing
Blue Water Task ForceBio
Blue Water Task Force is dedicated to testing the bacterial levels in Rockaway and Coney Island. If you’d like to know more or want to help, please contact: bluewatertaskforce@nyc.surfrider.org
Moe Magali

Moe Magali

Co-Chair & Youth Coordinator
Moe's Bio
Moe is our new co-chair and also leads our Rockaway Youth program to help kids get in the water and learn the value of a clean ocean. Moe is an all-around water sports enthusiast who grew up surfing the coast of Long Island. He has been a member of Surfrider NYC’s core volunteer since 2013 and has served as our Chapter’s Youth Coordinator since 2016. To cultivate the next generation of ocean protectors, Moe has expanded Surfrider NYC’s signature youth program Surfing for the Environment, which has been featured on BRIC Arts Media’s Going with Brian Vine. Moe currently works for a boutique urban planning and management consulting firm where he designs sustainable solutions facing mission organizations and their communities. He also serves on the board of Newtown Creek Alliance and is an active volunteer with STOKED Mentoring. Please contact him here: youth@nyc.surfrider.org
Noelle Picone

Noelle Picone

Williams Pipeline Campaign Lead
Noelle's Bio
Noelle is our Williams Pipeline Campaign Lead. She organizes and leads our efforts to oppose the build. Please contact her here: campaign.rep@nyc.surfrider.org
Open Role

Open Role

Offshore Drilling Representative
Offshore Campaign Representative
Represent the chapter on upcoming campaigns around offshore renewable energy projects
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Christine Wu

Christine Wu

Marketing and Communications Manager

Christine manages Surfrider’s Marketing and Communications, which includes content creation, email marketing, event support, and campaign promotions, to increase awareness, action and support for the protection of our ocean, waves and beaches.

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Christine has lived in Boulder, Beijing, London, and New York. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University and a Master of Science degree from Columbia University.

A dedicated outdoor sports enthusiast, Christine taught skiing in Colorado and chased her first wave as a novice surfer in Bocas del Toro, Panama. She leverages her passion for clean water, healthy beaches, and marine conservation to help protect the world’s most sacred places for this and future generations.

Please contact her here: marketing@nyc.surfrider.org[/amoteam_text]

 

Forrest Andrews

Forrest Andrews

Social Media Coordinator
Forrest grew up living by and sailing in the Chesapeake Bay every summer, something that gave him a deep love and appreciation for how beneficial our oceans are for coastal communities. He moved to NYC in 2019 and joined Surfrider in 2020, hoping to find a community and help that community make strides toward preserving NYC waterways.
Saylor Pochan

Saylor Pochan

Co-Chair & Blue Water Task Force Lead
Saylor (they/them) is our new co-chair and also leads our Blue Water Task Force Program. Saylor is a womper aka body surfer and boogie boarder in their beloved adopted home of Far Rockaway, Queens.  Growing up in Rochester NY sandwiched between massive polluting factories, farms, wetlands, Lake Ontario, and an aging nuclear power plant really forged their understanding of environmental justice from birth.  They’ve been raising a good ruckus with Surfrider NYC for over a decade, getting happily involved with, well, kind of everything!  Their favorite part is teaming up with other people and they want to give a big shout-out to everyone who has taught them how to protect what they love.
Olivia Shaw

Olivia Shaw

Volunteer Committee
I relocated to New York City after graduating from the University of Virginia last spring and am very excited to be joining Surfrider’s mission to protect and restore New York’s coastal environment.

Please contact me at volunteercoordinator@nyc.surfrider.org for any questions related to volunteering with Surfrider!

Open Role

Open Role

Website Coordinator
Website Coordinator
Manager our website to ensure optimal visibility and engagement across our chapter initiatives

 

Got questions? Want to volunteer? Reach out!

You can inquire about our open team roles by reaching out to chair@nyc.surfrider.org.

Mailing Address:
Surfrider Foundation New York
4304 Broadway Astoria NY 11103 PO BOX 3455