Meet the Washed Ashore Project Team

Angela Haseltine Pozzi’s evolution as an artist shifted when she noticed immense amounts of plastic pollution on pristine southern Oregon beaches. As she learned more about ocean pollution from plastics and marine debris she became motivated to do something about it. Thus, the Washed Ashore Project was born.

Angela Haseltine Pozzi, Founder and Artistic Director


“Until we run out of plastic on the beach, we will keep doing our work.”
– Angela

Angela was born in Portland, Oregon to a family of artists and naturalists. As a child she was always given a creative space in her mother’s studio with various collections of odds and ends and often used discarded items from the house to invent things. At the dinner table she participated in long discussions with her parents about art. Every summer was spent on Oregon’s ocean shore.

Realizing she was a rare breed, she wished to educate others about the importance of the arts and the beauty of nature. She therefore pursued her Bachelor’s degree in education at the University of Utah and then a Masters Degree at Portland State University with an emphasis on Arts Education. In her 30-year career as an educator, she has taught elementary through college students and lead museum programs. She has also spent much of her career lecturing, consulting, creating and exhibiting her artwork in galleries and museums.

Angela has always believed in “art for all” and hence helped spearhead many public art projects, community art and artist-in-residency programs wherever she went. Recycling and repurposing materials were part of her life from the beginning and was the basis for her first body of exhibited work entitled, “Undetermined Species”, a collection of coral reefs, and invented invertebrates made from recycled clothes and thrift store items. Her older work can still be viewed on

Her artwork was thriving and her work fulfilling when tragedy hit in 2002. Her husband of 25 years, Craig Pozzi, an artist and teacher himself, collapsed with a brain tumor, then a stroke, then died. Everything stopped. Looking for meaning in life she went to the ocean to heal, but what she found was an ocean that needed healing. The educator in her kicked into gear. Her research revealed what was happening. Marine debris was choking the oceans worldwide and affecting the environments and sea creatures she had always loved.

In 2010, Angela found her life’s calling; to make Art to Save the Sea. Rallying her small community of Bandon, Oregon she inspired them with her creative problem-solving, and the non-profit Washed Ashore was born. Today over 10,000 volunteers have helped clean beaches and worked with Washed Ashore to process over 20 tons of debris into over 70 sculptures of the animals affected by plastic pollution.

These sculptures now tour as the “Washed Ashore Project” traveling exhibits educating and inspiring countless people from diverse backgrounds to take action in their own lives and prevent contributing to this global problem. Her work continues as Artistic Director, designing and creating multitudes of sea creatures from the ongoing tons of marine debris with the goal to have a global impact. As the leader of a team of dedicated employees and hundreds of volunteers, Angela has vowed that this effort is her life’s work, and “until we run out of plastic on the beach, we will keep doing our work.”

Frank Rocco, Marketing Director

Born in New York City, Frank studied marketing and music and worked at Manhattan advertising agencies as a creative writer, art director and TV commercial producer. Later he moved to Europe and worked with McCann-Erickson in London, a major international ad agency where he wrote advertising for top global clients. In Amsterdam, Holland Frank launched The Creative Handbook-Europe, the first pan-European directory of advertising services that covered Belgium, France, Holland, Italy, Switzerland, and the UK. In 1989, he became a Managing Partner at CCMR Marketing Communications, a full-service U.S. advertising agency whose clients included multi-national business organizations such as IBM, Berlitz and Hitachi.

Frank moved to California in 2004 and was a marketing consultant for start-up Internet and software companies. Since 2011 he has been responsible for helping Artula Institute for Arts and Environmental Education market its “Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea” traveling exhibit and educational programs to organizations in the U.S. and around the world. Frank’s dedication to the mission of Washed Ashore and his love of hard work has placed us on a global stage.

Katie Dougherty, Executive Director

Katie Dougherty grew up on the northern California/ southern Oregon coast and as the daughter of a commercial fisherman she literally grew up on the boats. Through her dad’s love of the sea, at an early age, she developed a deep caring of the ocean and its health.

Katie has enjoyed a career in the Public, Private and Non Profit sector, in accounting, payroll and Human Resources. Katie is licensed tax preparer and real estate broker.  As a private contractor she has helped  numerous businesses with accounting, payroll and tax work while being involved in the arts throughout her life.  She now joins Washed Ashore as Operations and Financial Director and brings multiple talents to the team.

A certified master diver, novice sailor and a family of “fisherman” keep her and her heart close to our southern Oregon beaches.

Steve Wright, Lead Artist/Facilities Manager

Steve is a lifelong musician born and raised in Colorado. While working as a welder, fabricator and pipefitter, he also created sculptures from repurposed metal. He moved to the area to fulfill his dream of living on the coast and dedicating more time to his art. His love of the ocean, creating artwork and protecting the environment made working at Washed Ashore a perfect fit. In November 2018, Steve began working full-time at Washed Ashore as our Facility & Production Manager, he became Angela Pozzi’s Artist Apprentice soon after.

Marilyn Wright, Logistics Manager/Art Assistant

Marilyn first began working with Washed Ashore as a volunteer and became part of the staff in June 2019. As the Logistics Manager, she travels to venues and ensures the traveling exhibits are set up and ready for the public to enjoy and learn from. She has a diverse employment background with experience in graphic design, marketing, building management and working with the DD/ID community. Marilyn is a musician and enjoys hiking area trails and beaches with her husband, cleaning up trash along the way.

Cameron McGrew, Marketing Communications Manager

Cameron grew up in the mountains of Colorado where he enjoyed all that the outdoors had to offer. He worked for Colorado State University and the Colorado Dept of Corrections before moving to the coast to pursue new adventures and a new career path. Cameron plays guitar and enjoys taking his dog to the beach in his spare time.

Donna Hutchison, Retail Assistant


Donna is originally from California but makes Bandon By The Sea her home now. She enjoys creating art and making jewelry in her spare time. She has been part of the Washed Ashore family for some time, starting as a volunteer. She does outreach with schools, children’s groups and other community groups as well as giving tours at our gallery and working in our Eco Shift Market.

Project Partners

Patrick Chandler, Education Consultant

Patrick Chandler has ten years experience working in and developing environmental education, stewardship and science programs. Prior to joining the Washed Ashore team he spent five years in Alaska where he taught biology for Kenai Peninsula College, served as the International Coastal Cleanup Coordinator for Alaska and worked as the Special programs coordinator for the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies.

Patrick met Angela in 2011 during the International Marine Debris Conference in Honolulu, HI. He was inspired by Angela’s art and over the next two years worked with Angela to design the first satellite project of Washed Ashore, which he toured with around the state of Alaska to raise marine debris and plastics awareness.

When he’s not working, Patrick loves spending time outdoors, cooking and eating wonderful food, and traveling.

Vinnie Fowler, 2D Designer

vinnie-fowlerBorn and raised in Auburn, California, Vinnie attended California College of Art and Design in Oakland. He worked for over 30 years in technical and architectural design and drafting for the casino industry in Lake Tahoe and Las Vegas. In 2010 Vinnie moved to Bandon, Oregon where he was introduced to Washed Ashore and he was hired to help conceptualize the early sculptures with Angela Haseltine Pozzi. For the past 4 years, V.C.Fowler Designs has assisted Angela in designing the larger sculptures, creating technical and engineering drawings for welders and beautiful illustrations to inspire Washed Ashore’s volunteers.

Board of Directors

Meet the Washed Ashore Project Board of Directors

Meet the Board