About

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.

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.

Management Council - Spring 2021

Susan Baer

Executive Director and Co-founder

Jessica Gottdank

Finance Manager and Co-founder

Venezia Zandrelli

Director of Sustainability

Kim-Ashleigh Mostert-Freiberg

Business Manager

Karen Wilkins

Director of Development

David Dunn

Chief Engineer​

Megan Benak

Human Resources Advisor

Sara Higgs

Marine Scientist

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

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