Sail2Change is a nonprofit organization governed by the Board of Directors, Founder, Executive Director and several groups of volunteer advisors. We contract professional mentors and tutors and continue to partner with outstanding organizations to best serve the needs in our community


Meet the Founder

Dieter Waiblinger

Email: Dieter@sail2change.org

Dieter relocated from Germany to the US in 1981 and has enjoyed many fun and successful years as director, manager, and founder of private language schools, translation services, and other enterprises. He is an entrepreneur at heart and always loves to come up with interesting ideas and invites others to build them into reality. Being a father of a young boy himself, he relates to kids and decided to combine his love for sailing and education to create Sail2Change - An organization to help at-risk and underserved kids to have a real chance in life, where money or background is not a determining factor for the kids future success. 

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Executive Director 

Alex Earl

Email: Alex@sail2change.org

Alex grew up sailing and brings a diverse set of professional experiences on a global scale to Sail2Change as a nonprofit executive, a social entrepreneur, an environmentalist, an educator, and a member of mulitple boards. HIs experience, includes currently serving as the Executive Director of Ecology in Classrooms and Outdoors (ECO); previously serving as the Executive Director of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation and Project Aware Foundation;  and previously serving as the Director of Development and Director of Business Development for Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, serves on the Advisory Board of Ocean Defenders Alliance, and actively consults for organizations serving the environmental, conservation, indigenous, social services, housing, education, youth and diversity nonprofit sectors. Alex is a full merit scholarship alumnus of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders, and an alumnus of John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Executive Education. As a former professional educator and outdoor guide, Alex is especially excited to work with the talented Sail2Change Team as it takes on new programs, locations, and opportunities.