ASBPA Coastal Summit Recap | Capitol Beach

We missed the ASBPA Summit. Virus. But, good stuff happened

The 2020 National Coastal Summit "2020 Vision for our Coast: People. Policies. Practices" was held as a webinar, due to coronavirus, but still brought together coastal insiders from federal agencies and Capitol Hill, as well as state and local officials, to share insights on coastal policies and practice. In this podcast, Derek is joined by Coastal Summit attendees - Lynette Cardoch with Moffatt & Nichol, Dan Adams with the City of Virginia Beach, and Brian Caufield with CDM Smith -  to recap the Summit and share highlights. From local stories of successful beach restoration by the 2019 "Best Restored Beach" winners to a briefing from six staffers on different congressional committees with coastal oversight, this Coastal Summit truly exemplified the need to bridge local implementation with federal policy. This podcast is a fun, quick recap of one of DC's most in-depth coastal policy meetings, and worth a listen, whether you attended the summit and want to hear a fresh perspective, or missed it but want to get a taste of what was presented.

Derek Brockbank

As Executive Director of ASBPA, Derek Brockbank is responsible for the growth, strategic planning, and government affairs goals of the nation’s leading organization advocating for beach and coastal restoration. With a background in climate and coastal conservation and experience as a grassroots organizer, Derek is getting ASBPA to lead coastal communities and coastal decision-makers in the tough but necessary conversations about how they will address sea level rise, increasing storm intensity, and other climate impacts. Prior to starting with ASBPA, Derek worked as campaign director for a coalition effort to restore the Mississippi River Delta and Coastal Louisiana, and was part of a gulf-wide campaign to pass the RESTORE Act, securing billions of dollars for Gulf Coast restoration. This followed up on his work with National Wildlife Federation on climate adaption. Derek started his career as a grassroots organizer. He attended the University of Chicago, getting a degree in political science and environmental studies, while frequently running along Lake Michigan in weather more suited to skiing. Derek grew up in New York City and got his coastal education from an early age playing on the beaches of Long Island, and kayaking and fishing in Peconic Bay.