Jim Moriarty is the CEO of Surfrider Foundation. He is an avid surfer, entrepreneur and innovator. Moriarty has more than 15 years management experience in corporate start-ups, specializing in e-learning, e-commerce, infrastructure software, and business-to-business ventures. He holds a B.S. in Information Systems from The Ohio State University, and has had speaking engagements in the US, Europe, Australia and Latin America. He lives with his wife and two children in Solana Beach, CA, where he is also active leading and mentoring high school students on surfing and home-building trips to the Baja Peninsula. He brings to the position a wealth of international, fundraising and team-building experience that translate to leading the Surfrider Foundation.
Transcript:So the Surfrider Foundation is really interesting in a couple of different angles. One is that we focus on a very thin swath of land. We’re really not focused on the ocean and we’re also really not focused on the inland issues. We’re focused on coastal issues. You could almost use a metaphor as kind of beach zones so beach towns, inland issues, waves and near shores issues, things like that. That focus is really important for us because all of us live in coastal regions. Most of us have lived there our entire lives and what’s happening is super important to us, which is why people act hour after hour after hour volunteering for something that they care about. So Surfrider Foundation was started 25 years ago by three guys that basically cared to preserve Malibu, the famed beach where Gidget was filmed, and fast forward to today and that’s what we’re doing. This-- We’re doing that same thing day in and day out all over the world.