Garry W. Brown, Executive Director
Garry Brown is president and chief executive officer of Inland Empire Waterkeeper and Orange County Coastkeeper, a non-profit organization he founded in 1999 to protect and preserve our local marine habitats and watersheds. Through Waterkeeper, Garry has negotiated solutions to runoff and pollution issues that have threatened our watershed. He’s a relentless advocate for cooperative solutions, but will litigate when boardroom discussions fail to bring results. Under Garry’s leadership, Waterkeeper has become a tried and trusted ward of our freshwater ecosystems through education, advocacy, restoration, research and enforcement.
Garry comes from a long background of building public-private partnerships. After earning a B.A. in Government from the University of Redlands, he served for five years as an assistant city manager, ten years as an advocate and executive director for trade associations in the real estate and building industries, and twice as president of a chamber of commerce. In 2001, he founded the Orange County League of Conservation Voters. In 2006, he published the first issue of “Coastkeeper Magazine.” These varied experiences brought him an extensive and pragmatic understanding of both state and local government and the politics that drive them. Garry is committed to expanding Waterkeeper’s presence as a proactive, results-driven organization that uses coalition building and partnerships to find effective solutions to the environmental problems that impact our communities and watersheds. Currently, Garry serves on numerous Boards of Director and governmental advisory committees, including:
- Orange County Coastkeeper- Board President
- California Coastkeeper Alliance- Board Vice-President
- National Waterkeeper Alliance- Board member
- SAWPA’s One Water One Watershed- Steering Committee
- Chairman of OCTA’s Environmental Clean-up Allocation Committee
- The Green Institute for Village Empowerment (GIVE)
- Vote the Coast, Board Chairman
- Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach OSPR Committee
- National Water Research Institute’s Advisory Panel for the GroundWater Replenishment System
- Ocean Defenders Alliance, Board Member
- C.A.R.E.-California Artificial Reef Enhancement Foundation- BoardMember
- American Green Power, Board member
Sarah Spinuzzi - Staff Attorney
Sarah earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Occidental College in 2012 and her Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School in 2015. During law school, Sarah gained legal experience interning with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy and the Surfrider Foundation. She served as the President of the Environmental Law Society at Loyola.
Prior to joining the Coastkeeper team, Sarah spent a year practicing general liability defense litigation. She utilizes her litigation skills to assist Coastkeeper’s legal department in environmental litigation and advocacy.
Outside of the office, Sarah spends the majority of her free time surfing Southern California’s local breaks. A Colorado native, she also enjoys going home to ski with her family.
Isabel Hernandez - Program Director
Isabel was appointed to oversee the Inland Empire Waterkeeper’s mission to enhance and protect the quality of the waterways within the upper Santa Ana River Watershed.
She specializes in hosting a variety of educational workshops, programs, and online virtual classes throughout San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. Isabel brings many years of Smartscape expertise. She offers assistance with complete landscaping projects, including water-wise garden transformations. She is Bilingual, fluent in the Spanish language.
Living within proximity from the Santa Ana River, the mission of IEWK is a personal motive for Isabel. She balances her impacted lifestyle, enjoying nature while camping with family and at home relaxing in her succulent garden.
Associate Director: Ellen Orange-Brown
Associate Director of Programs: Ray Hiemstra
Education Director: Dyana Peña
Garden Director: Marianne Hugo
Coastkeeper Office phone: 714.850.1965
Coastkeeper Office fax: 714.850.1592