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Paloma Aguirre

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Paloma Aguirre

Coastal and Marine Director

Paloma Aguirre has over ten years of experience working to address the San Diego-Tijuana border region’s environmental issues including waste tires, solid waste, and water quality.
 
As Coastal and Marine Director, Paloma oversees WILDCOAST’s projects to conserve coastal ecosystems along the U.S.-Mexico Border and in South San Diego County, California, working on both sides of the border to conserve and restore ecosystems through direct conservation and restoration programs such as park management, policy change, community stakeholder engagement, and media advocacy. This includes conservation and restoration of the following project sites: Tijuana Estuary, Tijuana River Mouth Marine Protected Area, Los Laureles sub-basin, and the South San Diego Bay Wildlife Refuge. Additionally, she works to address ocean pollution related to renegade and chronic wastewater discharges from Rosarito, Baja California to Coronado, CA as well as state and national ocean policy issues.
 
Most recently, Paloma spent 2016 in Washington D.C. working for U.S. Senator Cory Booker’s (D-NJ) as his NOAA Knauss Legislative Fellow assisting him in the development of federal legislation in the oceans and environment portfolio. Paloma holds a Masters in Advance Studies in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Brandman University, and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of San Diego. In 2014, Paloma received the Woman of the Year award from Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher for her leadership in restoring the Tijuana River Valley. 
 
In her free time, Paloma enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs and bodyboarding. In 2012 she was a member of Baja California’s State Surf Team and was champion runner-up in Mexico’s 2012 National Surfing Championships in the bodyboard division.