Coastal States Organization Staff


 

Bradley Watson

Executive Director

Bradley Watson is CSO’s Executive Director and is responsible for overseeing CSO’s programs, initiatives, and administration, as well as managing staff and serving as the primary liaison with the CSO Executive Committee. Bradley previously served as CSO’s Acting Executive Director, Deputy Director, and Counsel and Director of Coastal Resilience.  During his time at CSO, Bradley has worked on a range of resilience policy issues, led initiatives focused on intergovernmental collaboration, and cultivated strong relationships with a range of partners, amongst other roles. Bradley also serves on the Board of the Coastal States Stewardship Foundation. Prior to joining CSO, Bradley worked on Capitol Hill as a staffer for the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, as a member of the investigations team for the Senate Armed Services Committee, and as a senior legislative staffer in the United States House of Representatives. Bradley is a graduate of Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C., Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, and the evening program at the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America, and holds an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. Bradley is admitted to the bar in the State of Maryland and resides on Capitol Hill.

Grant Williams

Legislative Representative

Grant Williams is CSO’s Legislative Representative and works with federal agencies and members of Congress to support state coastal programs. Prior to joining CSO, Grant worked for the Senate Commerce Committee as a Legislative Assistant for the Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard subcommittee as well as the subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness. His time in Congress also included several years working in the personal office of Senator Bill Nelson of Florida. Grant holds a B.A. and M.A. from Florida State University.

Norma Longhi

Senior Operations Manager

Norma Longhi is CSO’s Senior Operations Manager. Norma oversees and manages all aspects of general office operations and other tasks in furtherance of goals of staff and CSO members. Prior to joining CSO, Norma worked as a Policy and Development Fellow for Voices for Progress where she provided support to senior staff in various capacities. Norma holds a B.A. in Legal Studies and a Master of Public Administration from University of Central Florida. Norma is originally from Brazil, passionate about environmental issues, and an animal lover.

Michael Molnar

Coastal Management Specialist

Mike Molnar is CSO’s Coastal Management Specialist. Mike serves as the expert resource on state coastal management programs by supporting CSO work with states and territories, NOAA and other partners. Prior to joining CSO, Mike led the Indiana Lake Michigan Coastal Program as Program Manager for fourteen years. Past work also includes fiscal policy analysis for the Indiana Legislature, and environmental program analysis and evaluation for the Florida Legislature. Mike holds a B.S. from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a Master of Public Affairs focused on Environmental Policy, Science, and Law from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University in Bloomington.

John Ryan-Henry

Resilience Specialist and Legal Advisor

John Ryan-Henry is CSO’s Resilience Specialist and Legal Advisor. He supports CSO’s mission through legal and policy analysis of coastal issues including hazard resilience, climate adaptation, flood risk management, beneficial use of dredged materials, maritime commerce, and offshore development. He joined CSO in 2018 after working jointly with CSO and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Institute for Water Resources as a 2017 Knauss Coastal Policy Fellow. A Rhode Island native, John has a Master of Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island and a law degree from the Roger Williams University School of Law. As a law student, he worked on coastal zone management issues with the NOAA General Counsel’s office and the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council, and on regional ocean planning with SeaPlan in Boston. He is admitted to the bar in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Bridget Cotti-Rausch

Knauss Coastal Management Fellow

Bridget Cotti-Rausch is a 2018 Knauss Coastal Management Fellow, working jointly with CSO and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds. The first fellow shared by CSO and EPA, Bridget is working to better connect CSO members with EPA resources on topics such as Climate Ready Estuaries, coastal wetlands, marine debris, and managing nonpoint sources of pollution. Bridget is a native of Florida, but received both her Masters and Ph.D. in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. As a graduate student, she studied the role of microscopic algae in marine carbon cycles, both in coastal and open-ocean ecosystems. Prior to starting her fellowship, Bridget worked as the Coastal Environmental Quality program specialist at the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium in Charleston. 

Bridget Faust

Water Resources Fellow

Bridget Faust is the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant’s Wisconsin Water Resources Fellow. Placed in a joint position with CSO and NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management, she supports both organizations’ work to advance the Coastal Zone Management Program. Prior to starting her fellowship, Bridget spent four years working as a Project Research Specialist at the Association of State Floodplain Managers. She holds a Master of Science in Water Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and a B.S. in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

Alexis Cunningham

Digital Coast Fellow

Alexis Cunningham is a 2018 Digital Coast Fellow, placed in a joint position with CSO and the Association of State Floodplain Managers.  She leads CSO’s and ASFPM’s partnership to promote and improve participation in the Community Rating System as a tool to achieve coastal flood resilience. This includes bridging the gap for communities that do not have sufficient capacity to join or advance in the CRS.  She hopes to contribute to the field of water management and policy in sorting out the competing priorities of ecosystems, economic development, energy, food, and human consumption. Alexis is a recent M.S. graduate in Water Science & Policy from the University of Delaware, where she assessed the effectiveness and role adaptive management plays in the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load.