The Amazing Ann Notthoff on a Career of Coastal Advocacy and the Writing that Helped Inspire It| Shorewords!

January 20, 2022

Meet Ann Notthoff: a Legend on the California Coast!

On this episode of Shorewords! join host Lesley Ewing in conversation with Ann Notthoff, policy advisor and coastal champion.  For 38 years, Annie worked for Natural Resources Defense Council as the Sr. Western Advocacy Director and has continued her coastal involvement since retiring in 2020.  Join Lesley and Annie as they talk about current needs for coastal advocacy, the evolving roles of environmental non-profits and the incredible writers and leaders who guided and mentored Annie’s career.

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Lesley Ewing

Hello. I’m Lesley Ewing, host of Shorewords!. This podcast combines two of my favorite things – the ocean and books. I learned to swim before I could walk and looked forward each summer to my family’s vacation at Ocean City, Maryland. As a student I was interested in science and engineering and became an environmental engineer before learning that there was something called coastal engineering. Both my 1 st and 2 nd mid-life crises resulted in me going back to school – first for a Masters of Engineering at UC Berkeley and later for a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. The first crisis also moved me from DC to the SF Bay. The second crisis reminded me how much I liked to read. Getting a Ph.D. while working a 40+-hour/week job meant that my only reading was work reports, text books and technical articles. They were all important and interesting books, but as soon as school ended, I replaced my academic text books with broader literature and realized that the coast was often a character in the fiction and non-fiction that I read. I am still fascinated by every visit to the ocean and remain in awe of what others write about the coast.