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FALL 2017

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32 | Ever thought about turning your passion for surfing, fishing or paddleboarding into policy change? If so, you might want to follow in Holly's footsteps. As the Florida regional manager for the Surfrider Foundation, she helps the 11 local chapters in the state fight for clean water, beach access, ocean protection, healthy beaches and an end to plastic pollution. When she's not traveling to each chapter, focusing on their local issues, she's in Tallahassee, working with the Florida legislature to support public policy that protects our ocean, waves and beaches. The Surfrider Foundation is one of the largest ocean conservation nonprofits, founded 33 years ago by (you guessed it!) surfers who were concerned about development and pollution destroying their local beach. Today, there are 84 chapters, 250,000 supporters and 271 victories for the ocean—a true testament to turning a passion into a positive outcome...and a rewarding career. Holly loves working with activists. Some are surfers, some are anglers, some are kayakers—but they're all beach and ocean lovers. She's seen volunteers make a huge difference in their communities. "There's no end to what a passionate group of volunteers can accomplish when they get organized," she says. If you want to work in public policy, start getting involved with different levels of government and learning how the legislative process works. Go to city council meetings, speak at a committee meeting or meet with your member of Congress. You'll get comfortable speaking in public, creating a persuasive argument, and influencing decision makers —all important skills you'll need in the future. Oh, and don't forget to volunteer. Holly Parker Florida Regional Manager, Surfrider Foundation Degree in International Affairs/Political Science, M.S. Political Science What she recommends: What she loves about her job: Holly Parker teaching the next generation of ocean advocates. Photo: Kevin Curry.

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