"Leadership is not about being in charge. 

Leadership is about taking care of those in your charge."

--Simon Sinek

Addrianna

Founder & President

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Addrianna is a Human Resources Business Partner with over ten years of experience in tech startups coaching executives, establishing HR systems from the ground up, and building company cultures that consistently produce enterprising teams and emotionally intelligent leaders.  A collaborative and entrepreneurial leader, she thrives in dynamic, fast paced environments that foster belonging and challenge the status quo.

After moving to Los Angeles in 2018, Addrianna discovered the sport of Spearfishing and immediately decided to start a women’s community that combined her love for the ocean with her appetite for adventure.  In 2020, SoCal Dive Babes was formed and quickly grew into a robust coastal community for women interested in Freediving and Spearfishing, as well as environmental conservation and sustainability.  SoCal Dive Babes is committed to reducing barriers to these sports and cultivating female friendships that will last a lifetime.

In addition to holding presidential responsibilities for SCDB, she runs social media, sponsorship relationships, events, public relations, and fundraising.  When not evangelizing for SCDB, you can find her in the water!

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Julia
Vice President & Membership

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Julia is a Connection & Insight Strategist with 10 years of experience in business and nonprofit consulting, management, and strategic thinking. From exploring the natural wonders of California, to wielding a machete and building forts on her family’s coffee farm in Colombia, Julia grew up as a young adventurer ready to investigate the world with whatever tools and gear that were at hand. 

Her experience with international organizations, advertising agencies, immigrants, outdoor enthusiasts, female adventure groups, government officials, and grassroots organizations alike has helped her develop into a natural strategist and a relentless learner. Now, she’s on her quest to build a safe, welcoming space to bring a strong community of women together to explore the ocean, help the environment, and thrive in camaraderie. Being the first of its kind, it is an honor to be a leader in building such a vibrant, unique group of females.  

 

Julia spends her time structurally organizing the NPO, welcoming new members, keeping the Board on task, and fostering an inclusive environment.  When Julia is not advising Addrianna on sensitive matters, she is ordering churros and burritos at the border for her.

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Beni

Creative Director

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Beni brings over 10 years of experience in the advertising and design industry working with start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. She specializes in creating brands from the ground up, launching consumer products, developing marketing campaigns, and creative business consultancy.

 

Beni believes that great creative ideas have the power to transcend cultures, markets, and technologies. Her multi-cultural background and diverse life experiences infuse her creative solutions with empathy, ensuring the most interesting and engaging outcomes for the people. 

 

At SoCal Dive Babes, Beni aims to continue to welcome an inclusive community of empowered women to support one another through education, sustainability, and access. She is responsible for all of SCDB's branding, marketing, and design.  

Allison
Director of Conservation & Sustainability

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Allison's extensive 12-year career in marine science as a Research Associate has included modeling whale-watching vessel impact on spinner dolphin survival rates, identifying invertebrate and fish samples for the BP/Deep Water Horizon oil spill investigation, interviewing boat-operators about their livelihood in the Philippines, examining egg cannibalism in the California grunion, mapping the Elegant tern migration, and was the first mate at Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari in Orange County, CA.

 

She has also volunteered for 9 years with NGOs including Balyena.org, Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust, Aquarium of the Pacific, Marine Animal Rescue Society, and Pacific Marine Mammal Center. 

With SoCal Dive Babes, Allison is passionate about bringing together women, women of color, divers, fishers, scientists, businesses, and government to protect our oceans and the communities that rely on them. She is responsible for developing projects related to marine conservation and citizen science. If you need to geek out on a particular species or want to pursue a career in the underworld, she is your go-to scientist!

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Natalie
Secretary

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Natalie is an EMT and recent graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She is an avid conservationist and has worked with the Aquarium of the Pacific and One Ocean Diving. She believes that experience is the most effective way in creating environmentalists and loves taking friends and family out to explore the beauty of the California coast.

 

Natalie is an all-around waterwoman, whether it be swimming, surfing, paddling, freediving, or just enjoying the sound of crashing waves (her goal of 2022- learn to spearfish!). When not in the water, she can be found playing with her dog Ziggy, studying for nursing school, sewing her own bikinis, and tending to her garden. 

 

Natalie explains her relationship with the ocean as a lifelong love affair. A former competitive swimmer, her journey into freediving is one that was inevitable and has been completely life-giving. Natalie is stoked to help build the inclusive, inspirational community that is SoCal Dive Babes, and feels it is an absolute honor to help pave the way for women to thrive in the freediving and spearfishing community. 

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