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 policy issues, led initiatives focused on intergovernmental collaboration, and cultivated strong relationships with a range of partners, amongst other roles. 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 earned a J.D. from the evening program at The Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America and an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. He is admitted to the bar in the State of Maryland and resides on Capitol Hill.

Michael Molnar

Deputy Director

Mike Molnar is CSO’s Deputy Director. 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.

Rachel Keylon

Federal Affairs Director

Rachel Keylon is CSO’s th Federal Affairs Director. In this role she drives CSO’s legislative strategy and also leads CSO’s communications efforts. Prior to joining CSO, Rachel worked at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration where she focused on strategic planning, performance management, budget formulation, legislative policy, and communications. Past work includes coordinating federal interagency collaboration on ocean research and education at the National Oceanographic Partnership Program, as well as policy and legislative affairs for several ocean and coastal non-profits and on Capitol Hill. Rachel holds a B.A. in Biology from Occidental College and a M.S. in Zoology and a graduate certificate in Ocean Policy from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is also currently pursuing a J.D. in the evening program at American University Washington College of Law.

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.

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 J.D. from the Roger Williams University School of Law and a Master of Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island. 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.