About Us

Our Approach

Spindrift strives to harness the power of business to create a more caring, socially just, and environmentally sustainable world. How can we build an economy that does not promote environmental destruction or social imbalance, from which arises warfare? Can we relate to one another in a genuine and respectful way? As we grow, we will make efforts to contribute to the shift in business that is already taking place towards sustainability. We would like to plant the seeds that will allow our business to become the catalyst for manifesting Enlightened Society in all aspects of our world. This emerging new paradigm of business expresses itself in many forms, known by names such as Shared Value, Triple Bottom Line, Conscious Capitalism, and the Benefit Corporation Movement. While all are unique, they share common features: emphasizing business as a way to make a positive difference in the world, valuing environmental sustainability and the protection of our planet, and developing a company culture that promotes well-being.

Our Inspiration

The Shoresspindrift: sea spray; especially: spray blown from waves during a gale

Spindrift Archaeological Consulting is respectfully named after a regionally significant archaeological site known as the Spindrift Site (CA-SDI-39/17,372, SDMM-W-1),  located just south of popular La Jolla Shores beach and the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. It is a known prehistoric village occupied by the native peoples of San Diego. This site encompasses a large habitation area known to its Kumeyaay inhabitants as Mut kula xuy/Mut lah hoy ya (place of many caves). First recorded by pioneering archaeologist Malcolm Rogers in the 1920s, the Spindrift Site is composed of multiple cultural phases dating back nearly 9,000 years and is representative of the different cultural phases found in the San Diego region, mainly the La Jolla Complex and Late Prehistoric Kumeyaay.

The Spindrift Site area has undergone extensive development due to intensive grading for homes, streets and utilities since it was first recorded. However, the City of San Diego has worked cooperatively with the Kumeyaay and developers to find a sustainable solution for development that both reduces potential impacts to remaining subsurface deposits and efficiently allows development projects to be permitted. It is with acknowledgement of this interdependence and sustainable development practices that Spindrift Archaeological Consulting develops cultural resources compliance strategies for its clients.

Our Sustainable Pricing Model

Additionally, our standard in-house billing rates for all staff levels, with all expenses included, never exceeds $100; instead, our all-inclusive rates are $50 to $100 per hour. This means significant savings and simplified invoicing.

Meet the Team

Spindrift Archaeological Consulting (Spindrift) is a woman- and minority-owned cultural resources compliance firm. Spindrift provides a wide range of cost-effective environmental consulting services including  inventory surveys, eligibility evaluations, data recovery, construction monitoring, mitigation management, monitoring & compliance, regulatory agency consulting, environmental document section preparation, and agreement documents. Spindrift staff have more than 25 combined years of experience providing environmental regulatory compliance services to public and private sector clients. We have efficiently assisted clients with compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and other federal and state laws and regulations. We pride ourselves on offering top-notch environmental compliance solutions, customer attention and on-time deliverables at a competitive cost.


Arleen Garcia-Herbst

Owner/Project Manager, Principal Archaeologist & QC Manager

Arleen is a Registered Professional Archaeologist (No. 15860) with more than 12 years of cultural resource management, contract archaeology, and museum curation experience.


Trisha Drennan

Senior Archaeologist/ Principal Investigator, Health & Safety Officer

Trisha is a Registered Professional Archaeologist with more than 18 years of cultural resource management experience.


N. Scott Rugh

Principal Paleontologist

Scott has more than 30 years of study of modern and fossil North American Marine invertebrates and worked over 13 years at the San Diego Natural History Museum as collection manager of invertebrate fossils.

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