University of Colorado Chapter


The CU Chapter of the Inland Ocean Coalition enables CU students to participate in an inland ocean movement that empowers, educates, leads, and connects them with projects that promote community action toward a healthier ocean.

The CU Chapter worked closely with the Colorado Ocean Coalition in 2017 to amplify land-to-sea stewardship programs and outreach. The two chapters co-hosted events, including creek clean- ups, documentary screenings, and fundraisers.

The CU Chapter hosted several on-campus documentary film screenings, including Smog of the Sea and Chasing Coral, recruited new members, and brought in guest speakers from the community to discuss important ocean and water issues. The chapter worked closely with the musician and songwriter Jack Johnson to be highlighted at his Fiddlers Green Concert in Denver and published an online book called “Women of the Ocean.”


Shelly Diller, Chapter President


Kylie Sambirsky – President
Lauren Swartwout – Vice President 
Carissa Mayo – Treasury and Exploration
Addie Miller – Education Coordinator, Social Media
Jacob Frye – Arts Engagement and Outreach Coordinator
Shelly Diller – President (she/her/hers)
Joanne Marras Tate – Vice President (she/her/hers)
Jacob Frye – Campaign Coordinator (he/him/his)
Samantha Lecky – Events Coordinator (she/her/hers)
Carissa Mayo – Public Relations (she/her/hers)



President  – Abbey Turner (she/her/hers)
Vice President  –  Joanne Marras (she/her/hers)
Campaign Coordinator – Jack Walker (he/him/his)
Social Networking Coordinator – Michelle Diller (she/her/hers)
Events Coordinator – Natacha Sagel (she/her/hers)


President – Brooke Lynn Elzweig

Vice President – Ashleigh Van Deusen

Treasurer – Kyle Murphy

Secretary – Matt Skogen

Event Coordinator –  Isaiah Jones

Board Member – Ibs Karoussa


CU President’s Leadership Class – The President's Leadership Class is a four-year leadership development program for outstanding undergraduates at the University of Colorado, Boulder. It is a comprehensive program combining both academic and experiential curricula to expose students to leadership lessons on many different levels. The students that year picked the Colorado Ocean Coalition as one of their projects and worked to reinstate the campus chapter. They filmed and produced a video to launch the student group.


Andrea Smith, Geraldo Hidalgo & Christina Garcia


Kelsey Bartling, Andrea Smith & Geraldo Hidalgo