Mark Massara is arguably the most famous environmental attorney in California. His practice has focused on public interest natural resource protection, sustainability strategies and wise land use, water quality, recreation and conservation development projects.
Mr. Massara made a name for himself early in his career as General Counsel for the Surfrider Foundation. With Mr. Massara’s help, Surfrider grew from 300 to 50,000 members. The rapid growth of the grassroots organization was achieved through use of aggressive clean water campaigns, including prosecution of the largest Clean Water Act enforcement action ever to resolve 40,000 water pollution violations at a surfing beach in Humboldt County (Surfrider Foundation v. Louisana-Pacific Corp. & Simpson Paper Company, SF Fed. Dist. Court).
Mr. Massara was the Director of Sierra Club Coastal Programs in San Francisco from 1992-2009. At Sierra Club, Mr. Massara worked with public officials, media and in communities to value and utilize conservation strategies in land use planning & development decisions.
Mr. Massara published the Annual California Coastal Commission Conservation Voting Analysis, and directed Great Coastal Places community organizing program involving over 5,000 activists (http://www.sierraclub.org/CA/coasts/). Mr. Massara also published California Coast Watcher newsletter(www.coastwatcher.com), covering coastal development and environmental issues.
While at Sierra Club, Mr. Massara was responsible for coordinating testimony and arguments for over 100 development proposals annually before California Coastal Commission.
Mr. Massara has been a guest lecturer on coastal law, science and policy for collegiate graduate and undergraduate courses, including Stanford Law School, California Western School of Law, UC Santa Barbara, and Humboldt State University.