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, andĀ  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 is currently in Phase II – FRED Prototyping.

Clear Blue Sea has developed four FRED Prototypes and in 2021 began our FRED Operational Pilot Phase.

Our Organization is Staffed with Passionate Volunteer Managers, Student Interns, and Mentors.

Clear Blue Sea has a diverse Management Council which collaborates on business decision-making, organizational strategy, and FREDĀ  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.

Core Team

Susan Baer

Executive Director and Founder,

Jessica Gottdank

Business Manager and Project

Tim Perry

Chief Engineer,

Venezia Zandrelli

Community Outreach Manager,
UCSD BA 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

Jiang Fan

Battery Expertise, President, American Lithium Energy

Brian Jenson

Senior Engineer Solar Energy Systems,
Jensen Energy Research

Griffen Stapp*

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

Jim Antrim

Chief Architect Antrim Associates

Darcy Cook*

Nonprofit Development Consultant

Sarah Slaughter*

President, Nonprofit Financial

Stephen Skripak*

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

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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