ABOUT US

Coastalong Festival is a 100% bike and solar-powered eco-friendly concert run entirely by students. Founded in 2013, our aim is to demonstrate methods of alternative energy, while providing a fun, entertaining venue to increase awareness about sustainability, clean energy, and the environment. Every year we pride ourselves on expanding the reach of our festival and partnering with student groups and local organizations dedicated to environmental activism. Meet our current team of spokespeople below and drop us a line if you'd like to get involved.

our team

LEADERS

Jacob Zazzeron, Executive Producer   4th year / Economics Major, Music Industry Minor  I love to organize experiences.  email: jzazzeron@gmail.com

Jacob Zazzeron, Executive Producer

4th year / Economics Major, Music Industry Minor

I love to organize experiences.

email: jzazzeron@gmail.com

Aastha Chaudhary, Marketing & PR Director   Third Year / Economics Major  Just a lover of coffee and nature looking for the next thing to make a pun out of, hoping to make Coastalong the highlight of your year! Feel free to contact me regarding Coastalong's social media presence, any kind of promotional opportunities, and every kind of donation.

Aastha Chaudhary, Marketing & PR Director

Third Year / Economics Major

Just a lover of coffee and nature looking for the next thing to make a pun out of, hoping to make Coastalong the highlight of your year! Feel free to contact me regarding Coastalong's social media presence, any kind of promotional opportunities, and every kind of donation.

Matthew Quigley, Music Director   Second year / Neuroscience  I am a second year Neuroscience major and Global Health minor. I am from a small town from Southern Illinois, Alton (think corn and cows, not Chicago). I am about 30 minutes out of St. Louis, Missouri. As of now, I hope to go into the Peace Corps after I graduate to work in HIV/AIDS clinics in Africa, then go to med school and become a neurosurgeon. If that doesn't happen, I'll probably just become a famous actor or singer. I am beyond stoked to work with Coastalong and help promote sustainability through music!  insta @quigster4

Matthew Quigley, Music Director

Second year / Neuroscience

I am a second year Neuroscience major and Global Health minor. I am from a small town from Southern Illinois, Alton (think corn and cows, not Chicago). I am about 30 minutes out of St. Louis, Missouri. As of now, I hope to go into the Peace Corps after I graduate to work in HIV/AIDS clinics in Africa, then go to med school and become a neurosurgeon. If that doesn't happen, I'll probably just become a famous actor or singer. I am beyond stoked to work with Coastalong and help promote sustainability through music!

insta @quigster4

Marissa Bennett, Art/Design Director   3rd Year / Design | Media Arts Major  I'm a Design | Media Arts major and Global Studies minor from San Diego, California, and can probably be found designing things, ordering overpriced lattes, or making really bad jokes.

Marissa Bennett, Art/Design Director

3rd Year / Design | Media Arts Major

I'm a Design | Media Arts major and Global Studies minor from San Diego, California, and can probably be found designing things, ordering overpriced lattes, or making really bad jokes.

Ashley Connor, Logistics Team   3rd year / Environmental Science Major  Yoga-doin', ocean-lovin', tree-huggin' kind of gal from Jersey working hard to save the planet - one festival at a time.  Instagram: @ashleyxconnor

Ashley Connor, Logistics Team

3rd year / Environmental Science Major

Yoga-doin', ocean-lovin', tree-huggin' kind of gal from Jersey working hard to save the planet - one festival at a time.

Instagram: @ashleyxconnor

Kiyasha N. Mehta, Logistics Team   3rd Year / Cognitive Science Major

Kiyasha N. Mehta, Logistics Team

3rd Year / Cognitive Science Major

Aden Copeland, Sustainability Fair Director   Second year / Biology  Pre-medicine student and earth enthusiast from Berkeley, CA! I work as a Sports Medicine intern for UCLA's D1 teams and do climate change research at the Sork Lab's California Oak Valley Project.

Aden Copeland, Sustainability Fair Director

Second year / Biology

Pre-medicine student and earth enthusiast from Berkeley, CA! I work as a Sports Medicine intern for UCLA's D1 teams and do climate change research at the Sork Lab's California Oak Valley Project.

Haley Tong, Finance Director   3rd Year /Environmental Science Major  I'm a passionate, stubborn, UCLA coxswain from Marin County. In my free time, I like long walks with my poodle, binge-watching Below Deck with parents, and baking literally anything.

Haley Tong, Finance Director

3rd Year /Environmental Science Major

I'm a passionate, stubborn, UCLA coxswain from Marin County. In my free time, I like long walks with my poodle, binge-watching Below Deck with parents, and baking literally anything.

Judy Hoong, Finance Director   4th Year / Economics Major  Hello, my name is Judy. I have been in Coastalong for three years, and what I've learned is that you don't have to live and die Environmentalism to live sustainably. I am a regular student in a business frat that uses reusable tumblers, glass straws, takes the stairs and doesn't eat red meat.  Instagram: @judyhoong

Judy Hoong, Finance Director

4th Year / Economics Major

Hello, my name is Judy. I have been in Coastalong for three years, and what I've learned is that you don't have to live and die Environmentalism to live sustainably. I am a regular student in a business frat that uses reusable tumblers, glass straws, takes the stairs and doesn't eat red meat.

Instagram: @judyhoong

Tania Mouchamel, Engineering Director   Second year / Mechanical Engineering

Tania Mouchamel, Engineering Director

Second year / Mechanical Engineering

Meredith Sanderson, Engineering Director   3rd Year / Materials Science and Engineering Major  Just an engineering gal who’s uber passionate about the environment, music, and loves to bake pies and pastries in her spare time! I hope to one day work in the fashion industry producing sustainable textiles and implementing environmentally friendly practices!  Instagram: @itsmerilove and @wishbite if you wanna see some dope desserts.

Meredith Sanderson, Engineering Director

3rd Year / Materials Science and Engineering Major

Just an engineering gal who’s uber passionate about the environment, music, and loves to bake pies and pastries in her spare time! I hope to one day work in the fashion industry producing sustainable textiles and implementing environmentally friendly practices!

Instagram: @itsmerilove and @wishbite if you wanna see some dope desserts.

MEMBERS

Alyssa Delott, PR team   Third year / Communications with a minor in Spanish  New Yorker with a hankering for LA street food

Alyssa Delott, PR team

Third year / Communications with a minor in Spanish

New Yorker with a hankering for LA street food

Marilyn Mijares, PR/Marketing Team   3rd Year / Gender Studies Major, Film Minor  I make far too many playlists, am always looking for concerts to go to, and love my black cat Luna <3. Looking forward to a fun and funky eco-friendly festival this year :D

Marilyn Mijares, PR/Marketing Team

3rd Year / Gender Studies Major, Film Minor

I make far too many playlists, am always looking for concerts to go to, and love my black cat Luna <3. Looking forward to a fun and funky eco-friendly festival this year :D

Vienna Cimetta, Art &amp; Design Team   2nd Year / Psychology Major, Cognitive Science Minor  Art has always been one of my greatest passions, specifically drawing, painting, and fashion. I'm super excited to be able to do what I love and be part of such an amazing and fun event like Coastalong.

Vienna Cimetta, Art & Design Team

2nd Year / Psychology Major, Cognitive Science Minor

Art has always been one of my greatest passions, specifically drawing, painting, and fashion. I'm super excited to be able to do what I love and be part of such an amazing and fun event like Coastalong.

Remi Lathrop, Sustainability Fair  2nd Year, Human Biology &amp; Society Major  Hi I'm a second-year pre-PT student and hiking enthusiast from Portland, OR! I love being outside, whether it be backpacking, beaching, mountain biking or skiing. My favorite smell is rain on concrete &amp; I'd eat brunch for every meal if that was acceptable.

Remi Lathrop, Sustainability Fair

2nd Year, Human Biology & Society Major

Hi I'm a second-year pre-PT student and hiking enthusiast from Portland, OR! I love being outside, whether it be backpacking, beaching, mountain biking or skiing. My favorite smell is rain on concrete & I'd eat brunch for every meal if that was acceptable.

Sydney Benjamin, PR/Marketing Team   2nd year / Communications and Environmental Studies Major  I'm a wildlife-loving, tea-drinking, tennis-playing San Diego native and super excited to spread love and eco-awareness at Coastalong!

Sydney Benjamin, PR/Marketing Team

2nd year / Communications and Environmental Studies Major

I'm a wildlife-loving, tea-drinking, tennis-playing San Diego native and super excited to spread love and eco-awareness at Coastalong!

Maggie Elgin, Sustainability Fair team   First year / Marine Biology  My name is Maggie Elgin and I'm from Reading Pennsylvania. I am currently a freshman at UCLA studying marine biology. I am passionate about the environment and the ocean. I love to go to beach and hanging out with my friends. I also play water polo and swim. A fun fact about me is that I am scuba certified.

Maggie Elgin, Sustainability Fair team

First year / Marine Biology

My name is Maggie Elgin and I'm from Reading Pennsylvania. I am currently a freshman at UCLA studying marine biology. I am passionate about the environment and the ocean. I love to go to beach and hanging out with my friends. I also play water polo and swim. A fun fact about me is that I am scuba certified.

Jeannette Gurdzhyan, Finance Team   3rd Year / Communications Major, Accounting Minor  I'm passionate about both sustainability and music, and I'm so glad to be a part of Coastalong this year. I'm desperately counting down the days ;)  Instagram: @meownette

Jeannette Gurdzhyan, Finance Team

3rd Year / Communications Major, Accounting Minor

I'm passionate about both sustainability and music, and I'm so glad to be a part of Coastalong this year. I'm desperately counting down the days ;)

Instagram: @meownette

Joann Cheng, PR/ Marketing Team   3rd Year / Economics Major, Film Minor  I spend way too much time online looking at vegan banana bread recipes. Also still trying to figure out what the superior non-dairy milk is (flax milk, maybe?)  Instagram: @joanncheng

Joann Cheng, PR/ Marketing Team

3rd Year / Economics Major, Film Minor

I spend way too much time online looking at vegan banana bread recipes. Also still trying to figure out what the superior non-dairy milk is (flax milk, maybe?)

Instagram: @joanncheng

Ovie Crum, PR / Marketing Team    3rd Year / World Arts and Culture Major   Ovie is a third year world arts and culture major and loves working for Coastalong because of the food, music and sustainability!!!!  Instagram: @Oviecrum

Ovie Crum, PR / Marketing Team

3rd Year / World Arts and Culture Major

Ovie is a third year world arts and culture major and loves working for Coastalong because of the food, music and sustainability!!!!

Instagram: @Oviecrum

Isabel Lizardi, PR/Marketing Team   3rd Year / Sociology Major, Film Minor  Catch me singing in the car on my way to the thrift store! Otherwise, I'm at the dog beach with my boy, Bear.

Isabel Lizardi, PR/Marketing Team

3rd Year / Sociology Major, Film Minor

Catch me singing in the car on my way to the thrift store! Otherwise, I'm at the dog beach with my boy, Bear.

Sami Hennen, Engineering Team   2nd Year / Computational and Systems Bio Major  An animal-loving, climbing, surfing, and kombucha brewing tree hugger from Sonoma County.

Sami Hennen, Engineering Team

2nd Year / Computational and Systems Bio Major

An animal-loving, climbing, surfing, and kombucha brewing tree hugger from Sonoma County.

 

coastalong alumni

Meet the people who have helped make Coastalong Festival the success it is today!

Rachel Woods-Robinson - Founder, UCLA Alumna

Ecochella is my baby. It was conceived in August 2012, it grew to be big and strong and popped into the world on May 24, 2013.

Allison Chi, Music team   Second year / Geography  I love all things music! Check me out on UCLA Radio and helping out at KCRW. Come talk to me anything related to music and sustainability.  abductionradiation.tumblr.com

Allison Chi, Music team

Second year / Geography

I love all things music! Check me out on UCLA Radio and helping out at KCRW. Come talk to me anything related to music and sustainability.

abductionradiation.tumblr.com

Leila Bushweller, Sustainability Fair Co-Director   Third year / MCDB  I'm an avid coffee-drinker, beach-goer, and dog-lover! My favorite sport is soccer and I've never met a fruit I didn't like.

Leila Bushweller, Sustainability Fair Co-Director

Third year / MCDB

I'm an avid coffee-drinker, beach-goer, and dog-lover! My favorite sport is soccer and I've never met a fruit I didn't like.

Maggie Shi, Art + Design team   Second year / Communication Studies  I am originally from Texas and came to UCLA to meet new people and try new things! (And college, that too.) I'm currently on the graphics team for Daily Bruin and design with UCLA Radio, and I'm always looking for new ways to get involved with design!   www.coroflot.com/mashi

Maggie Shi, Art + Design team

Second year / Communication Studies

I am originally from Texas and came to UCLA to meet new people and try new things! (And college, that too.) I'm currently on the graphics team for Daily Bruin and design with UCLA Radio, and I'm always looking for new ways to get involved with design!

www.coroflot.com/mashi

Dana Cross, PR team   Third year / History  I love dogs and my job at the flower shop! P.S. my favorite flower is a dahlia.

Dana Cross, PR team

Third year / History

I love dogs and my job at the flower shop! P.S. my favorite flower is a dahlia.

Anna Wells, PR team   First year / Global Studies  My favorite animal is a manatee, my favorite flower is a daffodil, and I'm so excited for this year's Coastalong!

Anna Wells, PR team

First year / Global Studies

My favorite animal is a manatee, my favorite flower is a daffodil, and I'm so excited for this year's Coastalong!

Tina Duong, Art + Design team   First year / Undeclared Humanities  insta @softpup

Tina Duong, Art + Design team

First year / Undeclared Humanities

insta @softpup

Kaley Powers, Art + Design team   Second year / Fine Arts  Hi! I'm a second-year Fine Arts student from San Diego hoping to go into animation. Some of my favorite things are going to the Blick Art Store, Trader Joe's dark chocolate crisps, otters, and sci-fi books. I'm a huge animal lover, especially when it comes to my little chinchilla and two adorable bunnies, and I'm vegan (I try to be healthy but Oreos are vegan lol). A few of my top musical artists are Catfish and the Bottlemen, BORNS, and Vérité.  insta @ka._.pow   kapow.myportfolio.com

Kaley Powers, Art + Design team

Second year / Fine Arts

Hi! I'm a second-year Fine Arts student from San Diego hoping to go into animation. Some of my favorite things are going to the Blick Art Store, Trader Joe's dark chocolate crisps, otters, and sci-fi books. I'm a huge animal lover, especially when it comes to my little chinchilla and two adorable bunnies, and I'm vegan (I try to be healthy but Oreos are vegan lol). A few of my top musical artists are Catfish and the Bottlemen, BORNS, and Vérité.

insta @ka._.pow

kapow.myportfolio.com

Katie Pastor, Senior Advisor

Fourth year / Environmental Studies & Communications

I love science communication, public radio, bovine mammals, and Ecochella! Contact me with general questions and anything pertaining to event logistics.

kpastor@g.ucla.edu

Khushi Jain, Marketing Team   I am a sophomore double majoring in cognitive science and economics. My interest include fashion and anything surrounding the business world.  coffee lover, designer, traveller, entrepreneur. insta: khushijain98

Khushi Jain, Marketing Team

I am a sophomore double majoring in cognitive science and economics. My interest include fashion and anything surrounding the business world.

coffee lover, designer, traveller, entrepreneur.
insta: khushijain98

Fiona Riddle, PR team   Fourth year / Psychology  My favorite animal is a shark, my favorite flower is a sunflower, and I love food.

Fiona Riddle, PR team

Fourth year / Psychology

My favorite animal is a shark, my favorite flower is a sunflower, and I love food.

Michelle Xu, Art + Design team   Second year / Communication Studies  In love with flowers, succulents, clouds, colors and the sky - and thankful to be working to spread love for this Earth!

Michelle Xu, Art + Design team

Second year / Communication Studies

In love with flowers, succulents, clouds, colors and the sky - and thankful to be working to spread love for this Earth!