Born and raised in San Diego, Anna Santoro has always had a huge passion for the ocean and giving back. She found her greatest happiness as a teen in the surf and working with San Diego charities for the greater good. After college, Anna built her lifestyle around surfing, and shared her passion for the sport through teaching other women to surf. She completed a Physical Therapist Assistant degree in 2009 to aid patients in healing. Surfing remained the mainstay of Anna’s passion, and she decided to move to Hawaii in 2011 after finding a Physical Therapist Assistant job near the North Shore of Oahu. There she was the bonding force who brought together the sea sisters of Changing Tides. They spent many hours together playing in the ocean, rolling in the sand, and empowering one another.
When Becky shared the concept of the Changing Tides Foundation, Anna knew this was the next step in combining her passion for surfing, philanthropy, women’s empowerment, and travel-- a perfect concept to create worldly momentum and positive change. After the inaugural Changing Tides Foundation trip to Jalisco, Mexico, delivering water filters to rural towns, Anna’s desire to help others internationally and reduce her environmental footprint took even more of a stronghold. She has recently returned to San Diego to be closer to family and the Changing Tides headquarters.
At the Changing Tides Foundation, Anna contributes her endlessly loving spirit and passion to our social media platforms, alongside networking and seeking out collaboration possibilities. She knows first hand that social media can provides an ideal stage to motivate others to be their best self and create a better world.