Staff and Board of Directors
Ana Blanco, Executive Director
Ana joined IOFF as Executive Director in 2011. Ana brings a passion for the ocean and more than 10 years of experience in executive nonprofit management at various organizations in the Bay Area. Most recently she served as vice president development director at BizWorld.org, an educational entrepreneurship curriculum for young students, and as donor relations officer for the San Francisco Foundation. Ana also volunteers with Blue Water Foundation, dedicated to introducing at-risk youth to the joys and challenges of sailing on the San Francisco Bay, and is a board member of Waves for Development, which has a mission of combining surf travel with benefiting the people and communities where surfing happens.
Troy Campbell - President of the Board, Chair of the Publicity & Marketing Committee
Troy joined the board in 2014 after volunteering with the festival for several years. Troy serves as executive director of the Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District (CBD). He has logged over 15 years of experience in the domestic and international travel and tourism industry, beginning his career as a national park ranger at Mt. Rainier and Badlands National Parks, and more recently serving as senior product development manager for an adventure cruise line. Troy has also assisted other nonprofits with sponsorship, marketing, website development, and fundraising, and previously ran his own freelance media company.
Jason Beck - Treasurer, Chair, Volunteer Committee
Jason joined the board in 2015. He is assistant vice president of Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc., and has more than 18 years of real estate, project management, and construction management experience. Jason is an avid surfer and lover of all things ocean, traveling the world to dive and chase waves, and is passionate about sharing his love of the ocean and its creatures with children. He also pursues its healing properties both from a spiritual and medicinal standpoint.
David Wacker - Chair, Fundraising Committee
David is the newest member to join the board after volunteering for the 2016 IOFF and assisting with fundraising. David is an application sales manager with Oracle, and brings more than 10 years of experience in technology sales, marketing, and strategic corporate partnerships. As a college student, his love for the ocean initially led him into the study of marine biology; although he finished with an engineering degree, his continued love of the ocean keeps him constantly exploring California's coastlines and occasionally adventuring overseas.
Krist Jake, Founder
Krist established the Festival in 2003 and, with the help of many others, has overseen its growth. He is the founder of Redwood Capital, a service provider to early stage businesses, and co-founder and former Chairman of Denali Education Center, a nonprofit in Alaska. Krist, a Princeton and Stanford grad and former officer in the United States Navy, has swum thousands of miles in San Francisco Bay and is one of the "legends" of the Original Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon. His wife, Laurie, has also been a key festival volunteer.
Mary Jane Schramm
We are also looking for volunteers, sponsors, and donors! Learn more about how you can get involved in the festival with the links below: