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Patrick Barnes, President, Barnes, Ferland and Associates

Patrick Barnes Mr. Barnes is President of Barnes, Ferland & Associates, an environmental engineering and hydrogeological consulting firm and Founder of Limitless Vistas, Inc., an organization dedicated to helping disadvantaged young people gain training and job skills in coastal restoration and other green careers, to represent the green jobs sector.

Jon Bell, Extension Professor, LSU AgCenter

Jon Bell Dr. Jon Bell is a seafood specialist and currently an extension professor with the food science department in the LSU AgCenter. Based in New Orleans, Jon is directing the development and outreach activities for the Louisiana Wild Certified Seafood program for the Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries. Working with fishermen and seafood processors in Louisiana, Jon is facilitating this voluntary program to link participating harvesters and processors using best practices, traceability and other certification standards towards differentiating Louisiana fisheries products and increasing value and perception in the marketplace. Dr. Bell was previously the director of the seafood technology program in the LSU AgCenter department of food science, focusing on a variety of seafood safety and quality projects. Jon has had multiple experiences in the seafood industry and academia linking seafood quality research and assurance programs with marketing programs and purchasing initiatives.

Claire Bronson, C2B-Design

Claire Bronson Claire Bronson, of C2B Design, is a visual thinker who combines her background in conservation, sustainability, art and design to facilitate learning and connecting ideas. She works in a variety of media, both analog and digital, to work with groups and help them “see what they mean”. She holds a BS in Natural Resources and an MA in Organizational Development.

Joyce Coffee, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility
and Sustainability at Edelman

Joyce CoffeeJoyce Coffee, LEED AP, is Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability for Edelman. Prior to joining Edelman, she led implementation of the Chicago Climate Action Plan for the City of Chicago, driving efforts to decrease citywide greenhouse gas emissions 25% below 1990 levels by 2020. Working to make Chicago the greenest city in the world, Ms. Coffee emphasized environmental best practice, risk management, performance measurement, and strategy implementation. Ms. Coffee’s past initiatives include developing the City’s water conservation, water quality, and green infrastructure programs and initiating and leading the Chicago Conservation Corps, training hundreds of Chicagoans to be environmental change-makers in their communities. In Chicago, she has also worked for Farr Associates Architecture and Urban Design and Montgomery Watson Harza. Ms. Coffee received her Masters Degree in Urban Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she focused on innovations in municipal service delivery. She holds undergraduate degrees in Biology, Environmental Studies and Asian Studies from Tufts University.

Steve Crawford, Environmental Director, Passamaquoddy Tribe
of Pleasant Point, ME

Steve Crawford Steve Crawford, M. Sc Zoology, M. Sc. Psychology, has served as the Passamaquoddy Tribe’s Environmental Director since 2003. He is knowledgeable about methyl mercury contamination in freshwater and marine fish, impacts of acid rain on Northeastern Tribal waters, and water sampling for phytoplankton and zooplankton. He is very active in Climate change issues pertaining to Tribal environments and community health. He has surveyed and monitored marine invasive species in the Gulf of Maine since 1995. Since 2003, he has monitored water quality (including chlorophyll a, temperature, pH, and dissolved oxygen) in Passamaquoddy Bay, the Western Passage of the Bay of Fundy, and Cobscook Bay to determine their impacts on salmon culture. He previously designed, built and operated the largest catfish producing farm in Oklahoma, and was the first to commercially culture the Japanese seaweed “nori” in the Western North Atlantic.

Margaret Davidson, Director, NOAA Coastal Services Center

Margaret  Davidson Before joining NOAA, Margaret A. Davidson was executive director of the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium from 1983 to 1995. She also served as special counsel and assistant attorney general for the Louisiana Department of Justice. An active participant in coastal resource management issues since 1978, Davidson earned her juris doctorate (J.D. degree) in natural resources law from Louisiana State University. She later earned a master’s degree in marine policy and resource economics from the University of Rhode Island. Davidson holds a faculty appointment at the University of Charleston and serves on the adjunct faculties of Clemson University and the University of South Carolina.

Cameron Davis, Senior Representative, Environmental
Protection Agency  

Cameron Davis is currently Senior Advisor to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator. He provides counsel to Administrator Lisa Jackson on the Obama Administration’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative involving the coordination of Great Lakes policy and funding initiatives.  For more than two decades he has worked to develop and implement water quality and quantity policy. Starting as a volunteer, he served as a litigating attorney and law teacher at the University of Michigan Law School before serving as president and CEO of the Alliance for the Great Lakes. He is the author of Confluence (BookSurge 2009), the first of a new genre, the “genoir.”

Laura Davis, Chief of Staff, US Department of the Interior

Laura Daniel Davis serves as Chief of Staff to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. In this role she works directly with the Secretary to oversee the Department’s policy and management priorities. Davis is also the Departmental lead on several multi-agency and cross-cutting issues including ocean policy and restoration of the Klamath River Basin. Davis joined the Department on January 21, 2009 and served as Associate Deputy Secretary and Deputy Chief of Staff before assuming the role of Chief of Staff.  Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Davis served as Deputy Chief of Staff to U.S. Representative Mark Udall. She managed Udall’s Washington, DC office, coordinating legislative and policy issues and providing strategic guidance on a number of issues including energy and climate change, western lands protection and development, credit card reform and online safety for children.  Davis has extensive experience in a broad array of environmental, land use and natural resource issues and in federal, state, and local government relations, having worked at the Interior Department during the Administration of President Bill Clinton from 1993 – 1997 and 1998 – 2001, and as Deputy Executive Director of the Democratic Governors’ Association from 1997 – 1998. From 2001 – 2007 Davis worked as a senior policy specialist and business development director at Latham and Watkins, handling a variety of matters including the firm’s climate change and Anacostia River restoration initiatives.

Congressman Robert Dold

Robert Dold Congressman Robert Dold is a third-generation resident of the 10th District of Illinois. He has a BA from Denison University, a law degree from Indiana University, and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. In 2010, Bob was elected to the US House of Representatives, and assigned to serve on the Financial Services Committee. He served as an investigative counsel for the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, where he worked on campaign finance reform. Bob is an active member of his local community and a Scoutmaster for Troop 13 Senior Scouts whose ideals - integrity, personal responsibility and community leadership - describe Bob’s personal perspective and compelled him to run for public office. Today Bob lives on the North Shore, just a few blocks away from his childhood home, his church, and the public schools he attended. Bob and his wife of ten years, Danielle, are the proud parents of three children – Harper (8), Bobby (6) and Honor (3). /p>

Chaka Fattah
Member of Congress, Pennsylvania, Democrat

Chaka Fattah Congressman Chaka Fattah is a Senior Member of the Appropriations Committee serving in his 16th year in the U.S. House of Representatives. This committee is responsible for setting spending priorities of over $1 trillion in annual discretionary funds. Congressman Fattah is Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and related agencies (CJS). The Subcommittee on CJS oversees close to $70 billion in discretionary spending. Representative Fattah is also Chair of the Congressional Urban Caucus, a bipartisan group of 57 Members representing America's metropolitan centers. These Members work collaboratively with other stakeholders to address the unique challenges facing America's urban communities. Before his election to United States Congress in 1994, Fattah served six years as a Representative in the State House followed by six years as a State Senator. Congressman Fattah attended Philadelphia public schools, the Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government for Senior Executives in State and Local Government. He earned his Master’s degree in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, Fels Center of Government. Congressman Fattah has received numerous honors and awards including 10 honorary doctorates and the University of Pennsylvania’s Fel’s Center of Government Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. Time Magazine named him one of the 50 most promising leaders in the country. The Congressman is married to Renee Chenault-Fattah, Esq., they have four children. Congressman Fattah and his family are long-time members of the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Philadelphia, PA. An avid golfer, Congressman Fattah is also a bike enthusiast.

Michael Goffin, Acting Regional Director General, Ontario Region Environment Canada

Michael  Goffin Michael has been a Director in the Corporate Branch of Environment Canada Ontario Region since 1997, responsible for the delivery of the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem Initiative, Communications, Community Outreach, Aboriginal Affairs, and Intergovernmental and International Relations.  Michael joined Environment Canada in 1981. He has worked in a number of positions at both the regional and national levels, with responsibility for program delivery, planning, and policy development. His career in Environment Canada has included positions in the Canadian Wildlife Service, Meteorological Service of Canada, Environmental Protection Service, and Finance and Administration. Michael received his undergraduate training in environmental studies from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science degree in Geomorphology, also from the University of Toronto.

Steve Goldbeck, Chief Deputy Director, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission

Steve  Goldbeck Steve Goldbeck is Chief Deputy Director at the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, where he oversees the Commission’s staff under the Executive Director. He leads the staff’s initiative to research and formulate policy to respond to climate change impacts on the San Francisco Bay and shoreline. Mr. Goldbeck also helped prepare the coastal sector of the California State Adaptation Strategy. He has been on BCDC’s staff since 1985 and has specialized in policy and management of technical planning issues, including water policy and regional sediment management. He has also served as BCDC legislative director for over a decade.

Holly Greening, Director, Tampa Bay Estuary Program, FL

Holly  Greening Holly Greening earned a MS from Florida State University following extensive estuarine food web studies. Her professional career has focused on managing watershed and estuarine projects. As Executive Director, Holly is responsible for maintaining the strong partnerships forged through TBEP, continuing the bay’s science-based restoration and recovery strategies. Holly has served on the Estuarine Research Federation Governing Board, the National Academy of Sciences Ocean Studies Board and three NRC Committees. She is currently serving on the Florida Oceans and Coastal Council, as Associate Editor for Estuaries and Coasts, on a NRC Committee evaluating Chesapeake Bay’s nutrient management strategy, and as Chair of the Association of National Estuary Programs.

Rachel Gregg, Scientist, EcoAdapt

Rachel  Gregg Rachel is an environmental specialist with experience in the application of natural and social science, policy, and outreach. She has a background in marine biology and ecology, oceanography, and natural, marine, and coastal resources law, policy, and management.
Her education and work experiences have been primarily focused on marine and coastal resources management strategies for natural and human influences, including water quality degradation, coastal hazards, and climate change. Rachel manages the State of Adaptation program and serves as a Content Editor for CAKE; her responsibilities include finding and developing examples of climate change adaptation, building a network of individuals and organizations engaged or interested in adaptation, and assisting with outreach, marketing, and fundraising to support the development of EcoAdapt’s core programs.

Dr. David Guggenheim, Senior Fellow, Ocean Foundation
- The Ocean Doctor

Dr.  David Guggenheim Dr. David E. Guggenheim is a Senior fellow at the Ocean Foundation in Washington, DC and host of “The Ocean Doctor” radio show on Dr. Guggenheim’s work includes conducting and disseminating leading-edge research, informing strong conservation policies, building strong international partnerships for marine research and conservation, advancing sustainable aquaculture, reducing pressure on wild fish stocks and providing sustainable alternatives that support local communities. An important part of his work is in educating, inspiring and involving the public through strong outreach, education, radio and TV presence, visual media and leading-edge Web and social media technologies. All efforts aim to improve the quality, breadth and impact of environmental education. You can subscribe to and hear archived radio programs at :

Dr. Lynne Hale, Director of Global Marine Programs,
The Nature Conservancy

Dr.  Lynne Hale Lynne Hale joined The Nature Conservancy as the Director of the Global Marine Initiative in 2003 where she has led efforts to substantially expand the Conservancy’s programs in and impact on coastal and marine conservation. Previously, she was the Associate Director of the University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center for nearly two decades, playing a leadership role in integrated coastal management programs around the world as well as globally oriented outreach and training programs. She has also worked on coastal and marine-resource issues that impact native Alaskan communities for the Alaska Native Foundation. Ms. Hale has written many publications about coastal management and marine conservation and has a masters in biological oceanography from the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography.

Jacque Hostler, Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Transportation and Land-Use Department, Cher-Ae Heights Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria, California

Jacque  Hostler Jacque Hostler is the Chief Executive Officer of the Cher-Ae Heights Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria and is honored to have been appointed as one of the Tribal Officials to the National Ocean Council Governance Coordinating Committee. Jacque’s collaborative and leadership skills as well as her knowledge of the marine environment and tribal marine resources enable her to represent Tribal Nations in the West Coast Region and across the Nation. Before Ms. Hostler came to the Trinidad Rancheria, she was the Transportation Director for the Hoopa Valley Tribe. Both of her children are Hoopa Tribal Members, so she understands the Tribal perspective on natural and marine resources and advocates for Native environmental stewardship and knowledge. Currently, Ms. Hostler is the Project Manager for the Trinidad Pier Reconstruction Project, is managing the Tribe’s Harbor Planning Study and participates on the Bureau of Land Management’s Gateway Committee for the California Coastal Rocks Monuments. Jacque was an active participant in the North Coast Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) and has been a catalyst for community collaboration.  Jacque recognizes that Tribal Indigenous People not only rely on the marine environment for cultural, ceremonial and subsistence resources, but are an integral part of the marine ecosystem that must be recognized in management of the ocean, coastlines, and Great Lakes. The traditional, eco-logical and cultural knowledge engrained in Tribal Communities forms the basis of sustainable management of marine resources and it is from this knowledge that marine management and planning should be based.

Onno Husing, Director, Oregon Coastal Zone Management Association

Onno  Husing Onno Husing is the Director of the Oregon Coastal Zone Management Association (OCZMA). OCZMA is an extension of local governments on the Oregon Coast. Husing played a pivotal role spearheading coastal marine spatial planning (CMSP) in Oregon. Oregon’s CMSP is scheduled for completion during the spring of 2012. Husing serves on Oregon’s Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) and was a Boardmember on the Oregon Wave Energy Trust (OWET). Husing graduated from the University of Oregon’s School of law in 1988. He also holds master degrees in City & Regional Planning and Anthropology. Husing began his career in 1976 as a researcher & commercial fishermen in Cape Cod. He wrote a masters thesis on the birth of the New England Fishery Management Council. During 1980 Husing worked as a researcher at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). In 1981/82 Husing was a Knauss Fellow on Capitol Hill (focused on offshore oil & gas development and the UN Law of the Sea Conference).

Dr. John R. Kelly, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Gulfport, Mississippi

Dr. John R. Kelly Dr. John R. Kelly is a native of Utica, Mississippi and has lived on the coast of Mississippi for the past 37 years. For the past five years he has served as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of Mississippi’s second largest city, Gulfport, Mississippi. Mayor Brent Warr made the appointment on February 1, 2006. As Chief Administrative Officer, Kelly is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the city, supervision of all department directors, strategic planning, and helping the mayor rebuild this hurricane ravished city. Kelly was reappointed by Mayor George Schloegel two years ago to continue serving in the same capacity.

Paul Kirshen, Principal Investigator/Project Manager, Battelle

Paul  Kirshen Dr. Kirshen has 30 years of experience serving as Principal Investigator/Project Manager of complex, interdisciplinary, participatory research related to infrastructure, water resources and coastal zone management, and climate variability and change. He joined Battelle in June 2009 as Research Leader with a focus on climate change impacts and adaptation planning. Here he carries out a research program on adaptation, and develops, manages, and does technical analysis in impact and adaption projects.  He is also an Adjunct Professor at Tufts University, where he was a Research Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering previous to joining Battelle. He is also presently a Lead Author for the Fifth IPCC Assessment, Working Group 2, North America Chapter, is a member of ICLEI USA- Local Governments for Sustainability’s Climate Adaptation Steering Committee, and a member of the Massachusetts Climate Change Adaptation Advisory Committee and its Coastal Zone and Ocean Subcommittee.

Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere, Department of Commerce and NOAA Administrator

Jane Lubchenco Dr. Jane Lubchenco, a marine ecologist and environmental scientist, is the ninth and first woman Administrator of NOAA. Her scientific expertise includes oceans, climate change, and interactions between the environment and human well-being. Raised in Denver, she received a B.A. degree in biology from Colorado College, a M.S. in zoology from the University of Washington and a Ph.D. in ecology from Harvard University. While teaching at Harvard (1975-1977) and Oregon State University (1977-2009), she was actively engaged in discovery, synthesis, communication, and application of scientific knowledge. She has studied marine ecosystems around the world and championed the importance of science and its relevance to policy making and human well-being. A former president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the International Council for Science and the Ecological Society of America, she served 10 years on the National Science Board (Board of Directors for the National Science Foundation). Dr. Lubchenco has provided scientific input to multiple U.S. Administrations and Congress on climate, fisheries, marine ecosystems, and biodiversity and served on the first National Academy of Sciences study on ‘Policy Implications of Global Warming’, providing advice to the George H.W. Bush administration, Congress, President Clinton and Vice President Gore.

Randall Luthi, President of the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA)

Randall Luthi Randall Luthi became President of the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) on March 1, 2010. An attorney and rancher from Freedom, Wyoming, Luthi has had an exciting career holding various positions ranging from Wyoming Speaker of the House, to director of a Federal agency, to legislative assistant in the U.S. Senate, to an attorney at both the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), where he worked on natural resource damages following the Exxon Valdez accident. Luthi most recently served as the Director of the Minerals Management Service (MMS) at DOI from July 2007 through January 2009. There Luthi oversaw offshore lease sales and collection and distribution to the States and Federal government of mineral revenues and royalties. He also oversaw the expansion of a renewable energy office at MMS, which manages development of wind, wave and current energy in the U.S. oceans. Immediately before directing MMS, Luthi served as the Deputy Director of the Department’s Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). In 2000, he started the law firm of Luthi & Voyles, LLC, in Thayne, Wyoming, which helped pay for his working ranch which consists of a cow/calf operation and the growing of hay and barley. Luthi’s career in the Wyoming House of Representatives began in 1995 with his name being drawn from a cowboy hat by Governor Mike Sullivan to declare him the victor in a tie vote. He served as Speaker of the House in 2005 and 2006.

Bob Marshall, journalist with New Orleans’ daily newspaper the Times-Picayune

Bob Marshall Bob Marshall is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist with the New Orleans’ daily newspaper, the Times-Picayune, who has spent much of his career chronicling the people, stories and issues of Louisiana's wetlands culture. Although best known as outdoors editor of the newspaper, Marshall's 35-year career includes extensive work as a reporter and columnist covering professional, college and Olympics sports, feature writing, op-ed columns, and special projects specializing in environmental issues. In 1997 Marshall was a member of the Times-Picayune's three-man team that won a Pulitzer Prize for the series "Oceans of Trouble" which examined the plight of the world's fisheries.

In 2005 Marshall's investigations into Corps of Engineers missteps in building the New Orleans levees and floodwalls was part of the Times-Picayune's reporting package that won the Pulitzer for its coverage of Hurricane Katrina. In addition, Marshall was a finalist for the Investigative Editors and Reporters award and the Polk Award for his on-going coverage into the causes of the disaster. In 2007 Marshall was co-author of the series entitled "Last Chance: The Fight to Save a Disappearing Coast," about Louisiana's coastal erosion problems, which won the 2007 John H. Oakes Prize for Distinguished Environmental Reporting from Columbia University. Marshall has won numerous other national and regional awards for journalism and his environmental reporting and essays have also earned recognition form a wide range of conservation and environmental groups including Conservationist of the Year award from the Louisiana Wildlife Federation.

Norman Y. Mineta, Vice Chairman of Hill & Knowlton

Norman  Y. Mineta Secretary Norman Y. Mineta is Vice Chairman of Hill & Knowlton, a global full-service public relations and public affairs consultancy. Mineta’s career in politics began in 1967 in the San Jose City Council. In 1971, he was elected mayor of San Jose becoming the first Asian American mayor of a major United States city. As a member of Congress from 1975 through 1995, Mineta co-founded the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and engineered the passage of H.R. 442, the Civil Liberties Act of 1988—an official government apology for the internment of those of Japanese ancestry during World War II. In 2000, President Bill Clinton appointed Mineta Secretary of Commerce, making him the first Asian Pacific American to hold a cabinet post. In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed him Secretary of Transportation, making him the only Democrat in Bush’s Cabinet and one of the few citizens ever to serve in the Cabinet of both a Democratic and Republican president. Mineta retired from his Cabinet post in 2006, and in that same year was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.

Jeanne Nathan, President, Creative Industries

Jeanne Nathan Creative Industries President Jeanne Nathan has provided community outreach and media relations services for numerous initiatives that have grown to become leading factors in the city’s rebuilding. She helped form, build and grow the Neighborhood Partnership Network, the city’s leading convener of neighborhood organizations engaged in rebuilding efforts and capacity building for neighborhood leaders. She rebuilt a shattered Treme, 6th and 7th ward based neighborhood organization, the Downtown Neighborhoods Improvement Association which she had founded prior to the storm.

Rear Admiral Michael N. Parks, Commander, U.S. Coast Guard,
Ninth District

Rear Admiral Michael N. Parks Rear Admiral Michael N. Parks is the commander of the Ninth Coast Guard District. He served as the Deputy Director of Operations for Headquarters United States Northern Command. The Directorate of Operations serves as the principal advisor to the U.S. NORTHCOM Commander on all operational matters, providing strategic guidance to plan and execute U.S. NORTHCOM missions within the area of responsibility; including land, maritime, and Homeland Defense air operations as well as Defense Support to Civil Authorities. Rear Admiral Parks was the Chief of Staff for the United States Coast Guard Atlantic Area, an area from the Rocky Mountains to the Arabian Gulf. Rear Admiral Parks is a 1982 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Government. In 1994 Rear Admiral Parks attended George Washington University, where he earned a Master of Public Administration degree. /p>

Harlon Pearce, Managing member of Harlon’s LA Fish LLC

Harlon Pearce Mr. Pearce has been involved in the seafood industry for over forty years. He is currently Chairman of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board, Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries in addition to being the managing member of Harlon’s LA Fish LLC. After attending Southeastern Louisiana College and Loyola Law School, he returned to the industry that is his passion. Mr. Pearce has been an advocate of developing strong and viable industries that correctly utilize the abundant natural resources of the State of Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico. His many years of experience in the seafood industry have lead to numerous interviews by publications and media as a “go to” source of information. Mr. Pearce has been guest speaker and lecturer to major colleges and business institutions across the state of Louisiana. He has served on many local, state and federal committees, advisory panels, boards and councils in a variety of capacities.

John Podesta, President and CEO, Center for American Progress

John Podesta John Podesta is the President and CEO of the Center for American Progress. Under his leadership, the Center has become a notable leader in the development of and advocacy for progressive policy. Prior to founding the Center in 2003, Podesta served as White House Chief of Staff to President William J. Clinton. Most recently, Podesta served as co-chair of President Obama’s transition. Additionally, Podesta has held numerous positions on Capitol Hill. Podesta is a graduate of Knox College and the Georgetown University Law Center, where he is currently a visiting professor of law. He also authored The Power of Progress: How America’s Progressives Can (Once Again) Save Our Economy, Our Climate and Our Country.

Larry Robinson, Assistant Secretary for Conservation and Management, and NOAA Deputy Administrator

John Podesta Dr. Larry Robinson was confirmed by the United States Senate as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in 2010. He attended LeMoyne-Owen College in 1975, graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. degree in chemistry from Memphis State University in 1979, and earned a Ph.D. degree in nuclear chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis in 1984. Prior to this appointment, Robinson served as VP for Research at Florida A&M University (FAMU). He held several positions at FAMU including Provost and VP for Academic Affairs; Interim Chief Executive Officer; director of FAMU’s Environmental Sciences Institute; and, Director of NOAA’s Environmental Cooperative Science Center housed at FAMU. In 2007, Robinson became the first African American to serve as Science Advisor to the US Department of Agriculture’s Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service where he served until 2009. In 2008 Robinson served on the Oceans Research and Resources Advisory Panel and is a founding member of the National Science Foundation’s National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) Science Technology Education Advisory Committee. Previously, Robinson served as a research scientist and group leader at Oak Ridge National Laboratory from 1984 – 1997. Professionally, Dr. Robinson has served as chair of the Biology and Medicine Division of the American Nuclear Society; he is a charter member of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors; and treasurer and executive board member of the East Tennessee Chapter of the National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers.

William D. Ruckelshaus, Strategic Director, The Madrona
Venture Group

William D. Ruckelshaus William D. Ruckelshaus is currently a Strategic Director in the Madrona Venture Group, and a principal in Madrona Investment Group, L.L.C. (MIG). He began a career in law in 1960 in Indianapolis. He was Deputy Attorney General of Indiana from 1960 through 1965 and a member of the Indiana House of Representatives and its majority leader from 1967 to 1969. The President appointed him for the years 1969 and 1970 as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Civil Division for the U.S. Department of Justice. Mr. Ruckelshaus became the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s first Administrator when the agency was formed in December 1970, where he served until April 1973. He was then appointed acting Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and in the same year was appointed Deputy Attorney General of the United States Department of Justice. From July 1997 to July 1998, President Clinton appointed him as the U.S. envoy in the implementing of the Pacific Salmon Treaty and in 1999 he was appointed by Governor Gary Locke as the Chairman of the Salmon Recovery Funding Board for the State of Washington and in May, 2007 appointed by Governor Christine Gregoire as Chairman of the Leadership Council of the Puget Sound Partnership. On June, 2001, he was appointed by President Bush as a member of the Commission on Ocean Policy which was created by Congress in 2000.

Mr. Terrence “Rock” Salt, Principal Deputy Assistant for the Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Directorate

Mr.  Terrence “Rock” Salt Mr. Terrence “Rock” Salt assumed duties as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) on March 12th, 2009. He is the principal policy and legislative advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) and assists the Assistant Secretary in providing policy and performance oversight for the Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works directorate. He also serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Legislation. In both these capacities Mr. Salt provides direction for the Army Civil Works legislative program, the development and articulation of the Department of the Army’s policies affecting Civil Works activities and is responsible for the coordination of the Army’s policies and practices in support of the Clean Water Act, the Rivers and Harbors Act and the related regulatory programs.

Paul A. Sandifer, Ph.D.
Senior Science Advisor to the NOAA Administrator

Paul A. Sandifer, Ph.D. Dr. Paul A. Sandifer is the Senior Science Advisor to the NOAA Administrator where he leads efforts to strengthen the overall NOAA science enterprise. He is also Chief Science Advisor for NOAA’s National Ocean Service and oversees NOAA’s Oceans and Human Health Initiative among other duties. Dr. Sandifer is co-chair of the Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology Interagency Policy Committee of the National Ocean Council (NOC) and a member of the NOC Steering Committee. He was a member of the US Commission on Ocean Policy, the Marine Board of the National Research Council, and he currently serves on a number of other boards and committees. He is an Honorary Life Member of the World Aquaculture Society and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Prior to coming to NOAA, Dr. Sandifer had a distinguished 31-year career with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, including service as agency director. He holds academic appointments at the College of Charleston, the Medical University of South Carolina and University of South Carolina and is author or co-author of numerous scientific and technical publications in aquaculture, marine science, and ocean policy. Dr. Sandifer received a B.S. degree in biology from the College of Charleston and the Ph.D. in Marine Science from the University of Virginia.

Lynn Scarlett, Senior Visiting Scholar, Resources for the Future

Lynn  Scarlett Lynn Scarlett is currently a senior Visiting Scholar at Resources for the Future in Washington, DC and an environmental analyst focusing on climate change adaptation, environmental risk management, green business and infrastructure, energy and water issues, landscape-scale conservation, and science and decision making. In 2009, she was a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer on climate change at the University of California Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. From 2005 - 2009 she was Deputy Secretary at the Department of the Interior where she chaired the Department’s Climate Change Task Force. Previously, Lynn served 4 years as the Department’s Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget. Lynn is a former President of the Reason Foundation and Director for 15 years of the Reason Public Policy Institute, where she focused on environmental, land use and natural resources issues.

Eileen Shea, Chief, Climate Services Division, NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center

Eileen  Shea Dr. Shea is Chief, Climate Services Division of the NOAA National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), and since fall of 2005, Director of the NOAA Integrated Data and Environmental Applications Center (NOAA-IDEA). She is responsible for NCDC programs in data access; data integration and visualization; user engagement; education and outreach; and regional, national, and international climate service partnerships. She has written extensively about assessing the consequences of climate variability and change. Dr. Shea is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society. She is Chair of the Steering Committee of the Pacific Climate Information System (PaCIS) – a prototype regional climate service - and is leading planning efforts related to regional service in the context of a NOAA Climate Service.

Eileen Sobeck, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks in the Department of Interior

Eileen Sobeck Eileen Sobeck is a graduate from Stanford Law. Early in her career she worked as General Counsel for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In 1984 she began her carrier at the Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resource Division as a trial Attorney. She then moved through the ranks to become the Assistant Chief and then Chief of the Wildlife and Marine resources section. In 1999 she became the Assistant Attorney General supervising Environmental Crimes and Wildlife and Marine Resources. She was awarded the prestigious Presidential Rank Award in 2003, and the Muskie-Chafee Award in 2010. Currently she serves as a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife in the Department of the Interior.

Missy Stults, Acting Programs Director, ICLEI-Local Governments
for Sustainability

Missy  Stults Missy Stults serves as the Acting Climate Programs Director for ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) USA. As part of this role, Missy works with local governments throughout the country to help them identify strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions while also working to building local resilience to climate change and climate variability. In this capacity, Missy works with members of the Climate Team to build ICLEI’s Climate Resilient Communities adaptation program and ICLEI’s Communities for Climate Protection mitigation program - including the development of tools, resources, and support materials. Prior to this role, Missy served as the national Adaptation Manager for ICLEI USA - working to support local governments with preparing for climate change.  Missy received her Masters degree in Climate and Society from Columbia University and her undergraduate training in marine biology and environmental science.

Dr. Alan D. Thornhill, Science Advisor to the Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

In March 2010, Dr. Alan D. Thornhill was appointed the Science Advisor to the Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Previously (2001-10) he was the Executive Director of the Society for Conservation Biology, and prior to that the Director of Learning and Communications for the Science Division for The Nature Conservancy and faculty in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Rice University in Houston, Texas. For more than 15 years, Dr. Thornhill has worked in conservation at the nexus between academic research and application of science to conservation and policy with a focus on climate change adaptation science. Since 2004 he has been part of the faculty in the College of Natural Resources, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He earned his Bachelor’s and Ph.D. degrees in Ecology from the University of California, Irvine.

Major General Michael J. Walsh, Commander, USACE,
Mississippi Valley Division

Major  General Michael J. Walsh Major General Michael Walsh assumed command of the Mississippi Valley Division, Vicksburg, Miss., February 20, 2008. He also serves as President-designee of the Mississippi River Commission. General Walsh came to MVD from Baghdad, Iraq, where he was the Commander for the Corps’ Gulf Region Division.  As MVD Commander, Walsh is responsible for a $7.5 billion civil works program; he also plays a vital role in managing the Corps water resources program in the Mississippi River Valley. The boundaries of the Mississippi Valley Division extend from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, include portions of 12 states, and encompass 370,000 square miles. The programs and activities overseen by the MVD and MRC are conducted by six district offices located in St. Paul, Minn., Rock Island, Ill., St. Louis, Mo., Memphis, Tenn., Vicksburg, Miss., and New Orleans, La. He also serves as Commander of Task Force Hope. TF Hope is the designation given to the Corps’ effort in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s national response plan to Hurricane Katrina. Engaging more than 3,800 personnel at its peak, TF Hope was among the largest disaster recovery operations in the history of the Corps of Engineers. Maj. Gen. Walsh graduated from Polytechnic Institute of New York in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He also earned a master’s degree in construction management from the University of Florida. His military education includes the Engineer Officers Basic and Advanced Courses, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College. He was born in Brooklyn, NY, and is married with two children.

Sally Yozell, Director of Policy, NOAA

Sally  Yozell Sally is NOAA’s Director of Policy and Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere. In that role she oversees a team who develops and evaluates policies, strategies, budgets and long-range plans for the Administration’s initiatives and existing programs. Since joining NOAA in March 2010, she has been leading NOAA’s policy efforts on Administration priorities such as National Ocean Policy, Coastal and Marine spatial Planning, Gulf Coast Restoration, climate change adaptation and the Chesapeake Bay Clean-up. Prior to coming to NOAA, Sally was Director of Marine Conservation at The Nature Conservancy in the Eastern United States where she oversaw the development of an integrated, science-based marine ecological assessment of the northwest Atlantic Ocean. She was active in the development of policies relating to coastal and marine spatial planning and regional ocean governance.  She has served as a member of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Committee, as Vice President for Program Development and Management at the Battelle Memorial Institute, and from 1994–2000, served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere at NOAA. Sally was the Executive Director of the 1998 National Ocean Conference, which inspired the creation of two national ocean commissions and lead to the recent National Ocean Policy. She also worked as an environmental advisor to Sen. John Kerry and for the late Congressman Robert F. Drinan. Sally holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Vermont.

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