Restore America's Estuaries Summit Examined Critical Conservation Issues

Pew experts participated in discussions on resilience, coastal habitats, blue carbon

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Restore America's Estuaries Summit Examined Critical Conservation Issues

The Pew Charitable Trusts is committed to protecting and restoring our coastal ecosystems to address the twin challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss through nature-based solutions that sequester carbon and improve communities’ climate resilience. That’s why Pew was a proud sponsor of the Restore America’s Estuaries’ 2022 Coastal and Estuarine Summit in New Orleans.

Lora Clarke Officer

Lora Clarke supports Pew’s efforts to improve the adaptation and resilience of coastal ecosystems and human communities in the Southeast United States. In leading Pew’s work on the South Atlantic Salt Marsh Initiative, Clarke focuses on conserving 1 million acres of the important habitat stretching from North Carolina to east central Florida. Previously, Clarke worked to advance sustainable fishing policies in the U.S. south Atlantic.

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Alex Clayton Moya Officer

Alex Clayton Moya works to advance state and federal natural climate solutions. She focuses primarily on state efforts to incorporate coastal blue carbon and peatland management strategies into climate mitigation efforts. Before joining Pew, Moya worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on nonpoint source pollution and Columbia River salmon issues in the Pacific Northwest. Earlier in her career, she focused on international environmental policy and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal. Moya holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Bucknell University and master’s degrees in public policy and in natural resources and environment from the University of Michigan. 

Kristiane Huber Officer

Kristiane Huber works to advance state-level climate resilience planning with Pew’s U.S. conservation project. She engages with state and local leaders to develop and enact policy and resilience planning to address disaster risk from flooding, wildfire, drought, and extreme heat. Huber also manages the State Resilience Planning Group, a forum for collaboration among government officials leading statewide resilience initiatives.

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Cameron Jaggard Officer

Cameron Jaggard works to protect biodiversity, advance habitat connectivity, and improve adaptation and resilience of ecosystems and human communities in the United States’ Southeast coastal states. He previously led Pew’s efforts to protect the Gulf of Mexico’s largest seagrass meadow and advance ecosystem-based fishery management in the Atlantic and Gulf coast states. Before joining Pew, Jaggard focused on protecting and restoring marine species in California and was an environmental consultant responsible for natural resource permitting, wildlife relocations, and habitat monitoring projects in some of Florida’s east coast counties. Jaggard holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental policy from Rollins College. He is based in North Palm Beach, Florida.

Elizabeth Ruther Officer

Elizabeth Ruther works in the Pacific Northwest to increase landscape resilience to climate change by protecting lands and waters, advancing freshwater connectivity, and promoting climate-ready policy and management. She also has worked to conserve coastal habitats, including estuaries and kelp forests, on the United States’ West Coast and helped lead efforts to elevate the importance of coastal natural climate solutions in Oregon.

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Mathew Sanders Senior Officer

Mathew Sanders leads state-level efforts to plan for and build resilience to current and future climate-related disaster impacts for Pew’s U.S. conservation project. In this role, he works directly with state governments and community leaders to advocate for, develop, and implement comprehensive policies and plans for various risks, including floods, wildfires, extreme heat, and droughts.

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Sylvia Troost Project Director

Sylvia Troost works on natural climate solutions, with an emphasis on coastal blue carbon and other wetland habitats, resiliency planning, and federal coastal policy, for Pew’s U.S. conservation project. Her portfolio includes advancing nature-based approaches to climate mitigation. She previously supported Pew’s coastal habitat and oceans conservation work through strategic planning, operations and budgets, and campaign management.

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RAE Sessions With Pew

Our subject matter experts moderated or participated in the following sessions on an array of topics.

Tuesday, Dec. 6

Wednesday, Dec. 7

Thursday, Dec. 8

Blue Carbon

Flood resilience

Salt Marsh

Seagrass

Coastal Zone Management Act

EVENT DETAILS
Date: December 4-8, 2022
Location: New Orleans, LA
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