Erika Zambello and the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance

Longtime friend chatting about conservation's future

On this episode of Sea Change, Jenna Valente catches up with her longtime friend Erika Zambello, Communications and Marketing Coordinator for the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance. Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance is a non-profit organization responsible for sustaining healthy local waterways through monitoring, education, restoration, and research. We learn about the Choctawhatchee Basin and broader region of Florida that depends on it.

Erika Zambello in her element.
Team picture from when Jenna and Erika played softball together.
Jenna Valente

A passion for conservation and appreciation for the natural world was engrained in Jenna at a young age. Her father was in the Coast Guard. This meant she always had the fortune of living near the ocean, including Hawaii, Washington State, and Maine. Both of her parents encouraged her to spend the majority of her time outside. As a result, she finds that she is most comfortable barefoot and exploring the coast, countryside, or mountains. Her favorite thing about the ocean is the sheer power of it all. Jenna joined the American Littoral Society as the Healthy Oceans Coalition Coordinator from the Chesapeake Research Consortium where she was a member of the communications staff and focused on building the brand of the program and ensure the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Jenna completed her Executive Master of Natural Resources from Virginia Tech in 2015 and also has her Bachelors in Communication and Journalism from the University of Maine.