Coastal States Organization Staff

Mary Munson

Mary Munson

Executive Director

Mary Munson is the Executive Director of CSO where she is responsible for advancing CSO’s mission by advocating for the shared state interests. Ms. Munson represents the interests of the governors of coastal states and territories before Congress, federal agencies, boards and commissions to support the federal policy goals and objectives of CSO.

Previously, Ms. Munson was the Executive Director at The Florida Conservation Alliance. She resided in Florida for 12 years where she also set up the LL.M. Degree Program in Environmental Sustainability at St. Thomas University School of Law, and taught Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, and International Environmental Law. Prior to this, she served as the Deputy General Counsel at the National Parks Conservation Association. Ms. Munson served as National Chair of the Everglades Coalition for three terms and as a member of government advisory bodies on fisheries, water management, climate change, and international trade.

Ms. Munson received her B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and holds graduate degrees in law, environmental science, and planning from the University of London, College of William and Mary and University of Virginia.

Bradley Watson

Bradley Watson

Counsel and Director of Coastal Resilience

Bradley Watson is CSO’s Legal Counsel and Director of Coastal Resilience and also staffs the Beach and Inlet Management Work Group, the Coastal NPS Work Group, and the Adaptation Work Group. Spanning parts or all of four Congresses, Bradley worked for the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure under the late Chairman James L. Oberstar, as a member of the investigations team for the Senate Armed Services Committee under Senator Carl Levin, and as a senior legislative staffer for Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson. 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. Bradley is a native of Prince Georges County, Maryland, is admitted to the bar in the State of Maryland, and resides on Capitol Hill.

Grant Williams

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

Norma Longhi

Operations Manager

Norma Longhi is CSO’s 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 BA in Legal Studies and a Masters in Public Administration from University of Central Florida. Norma is originally from Brazil, passionate about environmental issues, and an animal lover.

John Ryan-Henry

John Ryan-Henry

Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow

John Ryan-Henry is the Knauss Sea Grant Coastal Policy Fellow, jointly serving at the Coastal States Organization and at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Institute for Water Resources.  He supports CSO’s mission through legal and policy analysis of coastal issues including climate resilience, port and channel operation, and flood risk management.  A Rhode Island native, John has a Masters 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 with the NOAA General Counsel’s office and on regional ocean planning with SeaPlan in Boston.