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.

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.

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.

Rachel Keylon

Federal Affairs Director

Rachel Keylon is joining CSO as the Federal Affairs Director. In this role she will drive CSO’s legislative strategy and will also lead 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.

 

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.

Justine Lundsted

2019 Knauss Fellow

Justine Lundsted is originally from Pennsylvania but pursued her childhood dream of becoming a marine scientist in South Carolina. She obtained her Bachelor’s in Marine Science with minors in Biology and Spanish at Coastal Carolina University. Subsequently, Justine began a joint Peace Corps Masters International and Master of Science in Environmental Studies program at College of Charleston. The program consisted of one year on campus and 27 months of Peace Corps service abroad. Justine served in the Philippines where she worked as a Coastal Resource Management Advisor for the local government unit. Her work consisted of evaluating marine protected area effectiveness, conducting socio-economic assessments, and assessing coastal ecosystem health. Upon finishing her Peace Corps service, Justine completed her master’s degree and began the Knauss Fellowship. Her fellowship is a joint position with the Coastal States Organization (CSO) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Justine is focusing on engagement with the Pacific and Caribbean Islands members, coral reef ecosystem management, environmental justice issues, and interagency coordination with USFWS and FEMA.