Mauricio Gomez – Director
Mauricio has been working on local habitat restoration projects for the past ten years in the Santa Barbara and Ventura region.  He enjoys managing restoration projects which build partnerships amongst diverse groups and teaching people the value of restoring the environment.  Mauricio is a Southern California native and has been living in the Santa Barbara area for the past 15 years.  He moved to Santa Barbara to study at UCSB and earned a Bachelor of Science in Aquatic Biology.  Prior to being the Director of South Coast Habitat Restoration, Mauricio managed the Watershed Restoration Program of the Community Environmental Council, worked at UCSB as a staff researcher with the restoration ecology group, and the Marine Science Institute.  In his free time, Mauricio enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, running and playing with his wife, son and dog.
Jason White – Project Manager
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Jason joined South Coast habitat Restoration in 2018 as a Project Manager.  Prior to joining SCHR, Jason worked as a Stream Survey Technician for the U.S. Forest Service, conducting investigations related to wildfire impacts on Southern Steelhead Trout populations within the Los Padres National Forest.  Using physical and biogeochemical data collected in the field, Jason utilized different geospatial and statistical methodologies to understand the population distribution in burned and unburned watersheds.  Jason has also worked as an Environmental Consultant performing environmental impact analysis for proposed actions subject to CEQA and NEPA.  Jason received his master’s in Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at UCSB, and holds a B.S. in Environmental Management and Protection from Cal Poly—San Luis Obispo.  In his free time, Jason enjoys surfing, fly fishing and all things outdoors.


Graham WesolowskiProject Manager and Grants Administrator

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is IMG_4366-600x400.jpgGraham Wesolowski first discovered creek restoration while working inCruz in the UC Natural Reserve System and then later as a Watershed Steward at the Resource Conservation District for Santa Cruz County. After receiving a Master’s in Environmental Science and Management from the UCSB’s Bren School in 2015, he worked extensively on conservation and stewardship projects on the Central Coast as the Conservation Manager at the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County, and helped to manage a large aquaculture farm on the Gaviota Coast. Graham brings conservation and spatial planning expertise as well as experience in permitting and project management. When not thinking about restoration, Graham is surfing or fishing somewhere along the central coast or excitedly caring for his baby daughter.