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Orange County Coastkeeper Welcomes New Committee of Water Warriors

  • Membership Advisory Committee will represent communities across Orange County, Inland Empire, and Coachella Valley
  • Seven members to work closely with Coastkeeper to understand and resolve local issues


Orange County Coastkeeper welcomes a new Membership Advisory Committee (MAC) comprised of individuals from Orange County, Inland Empire, and Coachella Valley. The role of the committee will be to effectively communicate with Coastkeeper’s membership in order to understand what local issues are most important to the communities it serves. Committee members will gather multiple times within a year to organize and recommend the best solutions for the community, then present ideas to the board of directors for consideration. The following six members now serve on the committee, with the exception of one vacancy.


  • Stephen Mayville – Yorba Linda
    • Stephen Mayville brings professional experience spanning from private consulting to government regulation. The larger portion of his career was spent with the Regional Water Quality Control Board, Santa Ana region. In retirement, he continues to advocate for environmental justice serving on one of the six Local Emergency Planning Committees in the state.
  • Stephanie Pacheco – Fountain Valley
    • Stephanie Pacheco has over 20 years of volunteer work and is known for her strong history in environmental activism throughout Southern California.
  • Dani Gold – Newport Beach
    • Dani Gold has been a member of Coastkeeper since 2001. Not only has she previously served on the Coastkeeper board, but has volunteered her time to conduct water quality research for organizations like Surfrider and Coastkeeper. Currently, she is the director of the Okeanos Foundation.
  • Esther Julier – Riverside
    • Esther Julier is a sustainability professional and environmental scientist currently working with Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. She has over 10 years of sustainability consulting experience and has worked with leading universities to conduct environmental research.
  • Tony Quiroz – Coachella Valley
    • Tony Quiroz has a background in natural resource management and served in the Peace Corps Panama for two years as a community environmental conservation specialist. Today, he continues his work as a natural resource manager for Torres Martinez Band of Desert Cahuilla Indians.
  • Patricia Leal-Gutierrez – East Coachella Valley
    • Patricia Leal-Gutierrez grew up working closely with agriculture in her town, which revealed the resilience of her community. Later working as a policy advocate and a community organizer in the Central Valley, her work included collaborating with community residents and local youth on issues of air, water, housing, and infrastructure needs.


The role of the Membership Advisory Committee is instrumental in helping Coastkeeper to best serve its communities and protect the waters of Southern California. With this new set of individuals serving on the committee, communication between Coastkeeper and its membership will be enhanced to be more thoughtful and increase engagement with community members.


“The role of the Membership Advisory Committee will be integral to our success as a strong community resource. They are important voices and, together with Coastkeeper, our mission for clean water will be even stronger.” – Garry Brown, Founding Director


  • Organization: Orange County Coastkeeper
  • Interviews available: For interviews with Orange County Coastkeeper’s staff, contact: Hector Zermeño,, 619-732-0789 x432
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For twenty-one years, Southern California residents have relied on Orange County Coastkeeper to be their leading voice in protecting clean water. The organization works collaboratively with diverse groups in the public and private sectors to achieve healthy, accessible, and sustainable water resources for the region. Coastkeeper achieves this through innovative, effective programs in education, advocacy, restoration, research, enforcement, and conservation. Coastkeeper is a member of the International Waterkeeper Alliance, which has 236 different independent programs across 29 countries. For more information, visit or call 714-850-1965.