At a Surfrider beach cleanup on the Ventura Promenade. Juli stands in the middle of a group of five awesome volunteers. She's wearing her Surfrider Coastal Defender T-shirt and sunglasses. The Surfrider canopy is behind her, and behind that, a beautiful day on the Pacific Ocean.
Five awesome Surfrider Ventura County volunteers at a beach cleanup, with Juli in the middle.

Juli Marciel has been a dedicated Coastal Defender and core volunteer for the Ventura County chapter of the Surfrider Foundation since 2011.

Juli has been leading the beach cleanup program for our chapter since the start of her volunteering days, and her passion and fierce commitment to the health of our oceans, waves, and beaches inspired her more recent project to have the Ventura County Fairgrounds discontinue their use of plastic in their fireworks. The fireworks are shot off over the ocean at Surfers’ Point during the fair every August, leaving countless pieces of plastic debris floating in the ocean and washing up on shore. Juli has been communicating with the Fair Board since 2015, and the fight still continues.

In June of 2016, Juli started the chapter’s Hold Onto Your Butts program and has recycled over 381,000 cigarette butts to date. 15,000 of those were used in making the Terracycle bench that sits on the promenade in Ventura!

Last but certainly not least! In the summer of 2018, Juli began the Plastics Free Ventura program. She reviewed 120 examples of current single use plastic reduction ordinances in the state of California, and wrote the draft for us in fall 2018. Juli and her campaign team have documented the dangers of plastic and Styrofoam to our environment and presented to the city of Ventura councilmembers individually to discuss how to move forward in the most favorable way. To date, 7000 postcards have been signed supporting this.