Catherine Uden is the Campaign Organizer for Oceana in South Florida. She has been involved in ocean and coastal conservation in South Florida for over 10 years. She has experience in campaign management and grassroots organizing leading successful campaigns to reduce plastic pollution, protect coastal habitat and ensure public beach access. Most recently, she served as Chair of the Surfrider Foundation Broward County Chapter, and has been a strong coalition partner in Oceana’s work to stop seismic airgun blasting and offshore drilling in the Atlantic. She is grateful for the opportunity to continue to protect our beautiful beaches, waves, coral reefs, and marine life in South Florida with Oceana.
Catherine has a passion for educating others, especially our youth, about ocean conservation issues. She has 15 years of experience as a teacher in the Broward County Public School System. Catherine received a P3 Eco Challenge Award for Environmental Stewardship in her school. Through her work as an educator, she has worked with youth environmental clubs, taught environmental activism, trained youth in engaging with city sustainability boards and lawmakers, and collaborated with the next generation of ocean advocates at the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit in Sarasota.
Her passion for the ocean comes from her background as a stand-up paddleboarder. She has developed a love and appreciation for marine animals, and for protecting Florida waters from plastic pollution. Sponsored by BOGA Paddleboards, she races, stand-up paddle board surfs, teaches others to paddle, leads stand-up paddle board waterway cleanups, and explores the ocean with her husband and two sons. Catherine believes strongly in a quote by David Suzuki, "unless we are willing to encourage our children to reconnect with and appreciate the natural world, we can't expect them to help protect and care for it."