Who We Are

Oscar Braun
Executive Director

Oscar Braun, born 1943 and raised on the San Francisco Peninsula , was employed by Johnson & Johnson for 28 years in their health care professional products division. He is a highly trained retired professional open water instructor/research diver with over 37 years of experience (open/closed circuit & mix gases) with nearly 5,300 hours at depth all over the world. In 1995, Oscar launched the web's first online international dive travel guide ``Oscar Knows".

Oscar Knows Inc ., at the request of former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Ronald Brown, provided Save Our Bay with initial start-up funding and continues to exclusively provide all online media and network solutions. Oscar holds an EPA certification for watershed stewardship and is considered an expert of the CEQA/NEPA environmental review process and environmental mitigation. As the Foundation Executive Director for Environmental Justice, he is charged with leading the due diligence review of all proposed projects in the Coastal Zone of San Mateo County. He has lead the environmental review efforts for the Devil's Slide Hwy 1 Improvement Project, the unlicensed historic Johnston Ranch landfill in Half Moon Bay, the Lake Berryessa Visitors Service Plan and the SFO runway mitigation alternatives at the invitation of the SFO airport authority. His due diligence EIR review mission is to inform the public and its responsible officials of the environmental consequences of their decisions before they are made. Thus , the EIR process protects not only the environment but also informed self-government. Mr. Braun was the co-founder of the Half Moon Bay Coastside Foundation aka www.SaveOurBay.org (SOB) as well as the Half Moon Bay Surfrider Foundation Chapter and it's Blue Water Taskforce. He is Chair of the Coastal Family Alliance, Co-founder of the California Watershed Posse, Trails Director for the Coastside Horse Council, Secretary for the Higgins Canyon Homeowners Association, member of the HMB Coastside Chamber of Commerce & Tourist Bureau's Economic Sustainability Taskforce and collaborative member of the Sustainable Silicon Valley forum project. Oscar has provided the inspiration and leadership to incorporate the San Mateo County coastal Rural Lands into the township of Los Pueblecitos www.5thColumnvs.US . He is Chair of Our Lady of the Pillar Pastoral Council, a Knight of Columbus, Chair of the KC Coastside Farmers Market Development Committee in addition to Co-Chairing Our Lady of the Pillars Community Hospitality Ministry with his wife Andrea . In 2005, Oscar was appointed Co-chair of the $2 million Our Lady of the Pillar Capital Campaign…"Preserving the Past and Embracing the Future". In January 2006 Oscar campaigned www.WaterForFighting.org as a Republican for the open State Senate District 8th…18 year old Michael Skipakevich defeated Oscar in the June primary. Oscar hired Michael as his new Director of Marketing for Oscar Knows and joined Michael's campaign as his media spokesman. Oscar Knows is the publisher of an online news service ``The Pebble.US" …Rural Voice of California.


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