Bradley Watson and the Coastal States Organization

October 4, 2020

We learn about a great organization working for our coasts

On this episode of the Capitol Beach, Derek Brockbank welcomes Bradley Watson, Executive Director of Coastal States Organization (CSO) to the show. ASBPA and CSO are close allies and frequently partner on policy issues. The conversation includes discussion about ASBPA and CSO's joint policy position, the history of the Coastal States Organization including how the Coastal Zone Management Act helped launch the organization.

We also share where you can get 25 cent martinis in New Orleans.

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Derek Brockbank

Derek Brockbank is Executive Director of Coastal States Organization (CSO), which represents the nation’s Coastal States, Territories, and Commonwealths on ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes issues. With two decades of experience in Washington DC on coastal adaptation policy and organizational development, Derek is connecting state coastal management programs with federal agencies and resources in order to address the greatest coastal challenges facing society. He previously served as executive director for the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) where he led the strategic planning and outreach, government affairs, and development goals of the nation’s leading organization advocating for beach and coastal restoration. 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 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.