Renee Orr, BOEM's Chief of the Office of Strategic Resources

Derek brings BOEM to ASPN for the first (but not last) time!

On The Capitol Beach, Derek Brockbank welcomes Renee Orr from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). Renee is the Chief of the Office of Strategic Resources, and is currently serving as acting Deputy Director for BOEM. After touching on offshore energy production, the conversation shifts to sand. BOEM manages the Outer Continental Shelf sand resources which have been used to restore over 330 miles of U.S. coastline and has supplied 152 million cubic yards of sand, including the largest coastal restoration project by volume in U.S. history with Gulf Island National Seashore restoration as part of the Mississippi Coastal Improvement Program (MsCIP).  How much sand was used? Just imagine a sandcastle the size of the Empire State Building. And then imagine 12 of them in a row!

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.