Clear Blue Sea's Mission is to Cleanse the Oceans of Plastic Pollution

Clear Blue Sea is a 501(c)3 nonprofit located in San Diego. Together with government, private companies, other nonprofits, and the public, we believe in implementing solutions to fighting the problem of ocean plastic pollution.

Meet FRED - Our Floating Robot for Eliminating Debris

Clear Blue Sea’s innovation is FRED – the Floating Robot for Eliminating Debris. FRED is a solar powered marine vessel capable of harvesting floating marine debris. Clear Blue Sea is currently in Phase II – FRED Prototyping.

Our Organization is Staffed by Passionate People

Our staff is comprised of founder-managers, student interns, volunteers, and senior advisers collaborating on initiatives to increase awareness of the environmental crisis of ocean plastic pollution and potential sustainable solutions. Given that it will take decades to clean up the tons of plastic accumulated in the oceans, Clear Blue Sea’s organizational strategy is to transition management and decision-making to an all Millennial Management Team.

Core Team

Susan Baer

Executive Director and Founder,

Jessica Gottdank

Business Manager and Project Engineer,

Tim Perry

Chief Engineer,

Venezia Zandrelli

Community Outreach Manager
UCSD B.A. Political Science

Zane Allen

Operations Manager,
Former Chief Petty Officer, US Navy

Mentors and Advisors

Tony de Paolo

Scripps Institution Senior Development Engineer

Melissa Fischel*

The Maritime Alliance, Education and Workforce Development

Tom Lupfer*

President, Clarity Design, and USD Professor of Practice

Stewart Halpern*

Executive Consultant

Jennifer Brandon*

Price Postdoctoral Fellow at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Nikolai Maximenko

Oceanographer, University of Hawaii

Lori Mendez

Attorney at Law, Private Practice

Griffen Stapp*

MBA, CPA(IA), Controller/CFO, Gaia Medical Institute

Jiang Fan

Battery Expertise, President, American Lithium Energy

Brian Jenson

Senior Engineer Solar Energy Systems, Jensen Energy Research

Jim Antrim

Chief Architect Antrim Associates

Darcy Cook*

Nonprofit Development Consultant

Sarah Slaughter*

President, Nonprofit Financial Consulting

Stephen Skripak*

Business Advisor, Professor of Practice at Virginia Tech - Pamplin College of Business

Jordan Gottdank*

Patent Lawyer, Knobbe Martens

*denotes formal member of the Strategic Advisory Group to the Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Jessica Gottdank

Susan Baer

Joyce Tang

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