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Our Team

Sierra Mendoza
Operations Manager

Sierra joined the Operation Surf ‘Ohana in the Spring of 2020. Being a California native, she spent the last 9 years living on the Hawaiian Islands of Oahu and Maui. Her time on the islands plays an integral role in who she is today, as she wholeheartedly believes in the healing powers of the ocean; both mentally and physically. 

Sierra graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a double major in Communication and Sociology, and has spent the last decade in career roles that have prepared her for success as the newly appointed Operations Manager at Operation Surf. She brings a diverse background of sales, events, and marketing, as her most previous position was on the Special Events team at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. 

Upon moving back to the mainland, Sierra sought a career opportunity that would truly make an impact on people’s lives, and which would allow her to serve her local community and those in need. Operation Surf’s values and mission were exactly what she was looking for. Sierra’s late Grandfather served as a Korea War Veteran in the Navy; as she is honored and humbled to join the Operation Surf family. She is thrilled to work alongside other ocean-minded people with the overall goal of Restoring Hope, Renewing Purpose, and Revitalizing the Veteran Community.