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, California. Our organization is staffed with over 100 volunteers, interns, and mentors. We are committed to innovating robotic solutions for removing plastic pollution from rivers, bays, and oceans.

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 has developed four FRED Prototypes and in 2021 began our FRED Pilot Phase.

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Our organization is staffed with passionate volunteer managers, student interns, and mentors across our engineering, sustainability, outreach, development and corporate management teams

Clear Blue Sea has a Management Council of managers and interns who collaborate on business decision-making, organizational strategy, and FRED technology roadmaps.

Upon receiving significant grants, we will fund our first full-time, paid management staff positions currently served by volunteers.

This will enable the transition of Clear Blue Sea management and decision-making to a next-generation (Millennials +/-) management team.

Leadership Council

Alen Amini

Executive Director

Susan Baer

Program Director

Jessica Gottdank

Corporate Director

Megan Benak

HR Advisor

Ben Crespi

Volunteer & Internship Program Director

Julie Haugsness

Sustainability Director

Marco Nuñez

Engineering Director FREDDY

Nidhi Gangavarapu

Sustainability Director

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

Jiang Fan

Battery Expertise, President, American Lithium Energy

Griffen Stapp

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

Scott Cuttrow

Attorney at Law, Private Practice

Board of Directors

Jessica Gottdank

Susan Baer

Joyce Tang

Emilio Vargas

Tim Perry

Key Volunteers

Anna Weiss

Research Analyst & Blog Writer


Business Analyst

Olivia Schroeder

Green Initiatives Analyst

Davis Porath

Business Manager

Hyeseon Park

Accounting and Financial Analyst

Patrick Pelayo


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