Matt Rota, Senior Policy Director
Phone: 504-525-1528 ext. 206
Matt is the Senior Policy Director for Gulf Restoration Network. Through his work with GRN, he advocates for healthy waters throughout the Gulf of Mexico region. He also works with Mississippi River Basin organizations to promote policies that will reduce the Dead Zone-causing pollution flowing to the Gulf of Mexico. Matt currently focuses on water pollution issues in Louisiana, the Mississippi River, and the Gulf of Mexico, working to ensure adequate policies regarding the BP oil drilling disaster, wetlands, water quality, and nitrogen and phosphorus pollution are adopted and implemented in order to protect and restore waters of the Gulf of Mexico region. He is co-Chair of the Nutrients Workgroup for the Mississippi River Collaborative and has given numerous presentations on water pollution issues including the Dead Zone, sewage pollution, wetlands, and the BP Oil Drilling Disaster, at professional and technical conferences throughout the country. He earned his B.S. in Ecology, Evolutionary, and Organismal Biology from Tulane University and his Masters of Earth and Environmental Resources Management from the University of South Carolina.
Raleigh Hoke, Campaign Director
Phone: 504-525-1528 ext. 204
Raleigh works with GRN’s campaign and organizing staff to develop and implement winning advocacy campaigns that address some of the most pressing issues facing the health of the Gulf’s environment and communities. Before becoming Campaign Director, Raleigh worked for 2 years as GRN’s Communications Director and 5 years as Mississippi Organizer. He has also helped run several of GRN’s summer outreach offices. He has a B.A. in Political Science from Tulane University.
Shona Clarkson, Communications Director
Phone: 504-525-1528, ext. 214
Shona is Communications Director for Gulf Restoration Network. For nearly a decade, Shona worked as a community organizer and educator on food, immigration, labor and racial justice. Shona is interested in using storytelling and strategic communications to further movements for a just, sustainable and democratic future.
Andrew Whitehurst, Water Program Director
Phone: 504-525-1528 ext. 205
Andrew works to develop and implement healthy waters campaigns in Mississippi, advancing GRN public policy positions through administrative comment writing, public education, and mobilization. Andrew has a B.A. in English from L.S.U. in 1982; a Master's Degree in Wildlife Ecology from Mississippi State University in 1990; and a J.D. from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at L.S.U. in 1997. His experience includes work in coastal fisheries research, law, and conservation outreach.
Scott Eustis, Coastal Wetland Specialist
Phone: 504-525-1528 ext. 212
With an extensive background in wetlands and fisheries research from his Master's from the University of New Orleans, Scott supports GRN's Science and Water Policy team by analyzing wetlands restoration projects, providing scientific arguments in comments against bad developments and wetlands destruction, and by representing GRN in many public forums. Scott has a bachelor's of science in Ecology from UGA's Odum School of Ecology, as well as a degree in English from UGA, and spends a lot of his time flying kites for Public Lab and learning about our natural world with the Louisiana Master Naturalists, GNO.
Jordan Macha, Gulf Policy Analyst
Currently based in Texas, Jordan is responsible for identifying GRN’s restoration priorities for the Gulf region and advancing those priorities in federal, state, and local decision-making venues. Jordan also works with other NGO’s and stakeholders to evaluate and advocate for RESTORE Act funds to be spent on sound ecological restoration projects. Before joining GRN, Jordan worked with the Sierra Club advancing clean energy policy initiatives in Louisiana, as well as restoration priorities in the wake of the BP drilling disaster. She received her undergraduate degree in Russian and Political Science with an emphasis on international human rights from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN.
Harry Lowenburg, Campaign Organizer
Phone: 504-525-1528 x 208
Harry works with low lying communities in New Orleans to develop strategies for increasing resilience to localized flooding. He serves on the Steering Committee of the Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative and advocates for City implementation of the Greater New Orleans Water Plan, a plan focused on incorporating green infrastructure into New Orleans' approach to localized flooding. Harry is also responsible for GRN’s Gulf Fish Forever Campaign outreach, focusing on protecting the Sustainable Fisheries Act. Harry began his career as a community organizer in 1977 working for the Seattle Light Brigade. He subsequently served as a chapter organizer for Oregon Fair Share; Executive Director of the Council Bluffs Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement and a founding organizer of a congregation-based organization in Louisiana which later became All Congregations Together.
James Hartwell, Coastal Wetland Analyst
Phone: 504-525-1528 ext. 209
James advocates against wetland-destroying proposals and monitors ongoing restoration efforts, especially those located in Louisiana’s Coastal Zone. He earned his Master’s of Science in Public Health from Tulane University, focusing in Global Environmental Health Sciences. While a graduate student, James assisted GRN as a Water Resources Intern. He studied previously at SUNY Geneseo, where he majored in Biology and minored in Mathematics, Environmental Studies, and Biomathematics.
Howard Page, Mississippi Organizer
Howard Page is the Mississippi Organizer for Gulf Restoration Network. Howard works throughout Mississippi to address environmental justice and conservation issues. He is a former state chair of the Mississippi chapter of the Sierra Club, a founding board member of the North Gulfport Community Landtrust and a member of the NAACP. He has also lobbied the legislatures in Washington and Jackson on clean water, clean air and fishing regulations.
Derek Breaux, Gulf Fish Forever Campaign Organizer
Derek is a native of Lafayette, Louisiana and has had a love for the Sportsman’s Paradise since he can remember. After attending the University of Louisiana at Lafayette for his first three years of college, he transferred to the University of New Orleans in August 2015 to finish up his Environmental Science degree. He began interning at GRN under the Gulf Fish Forever campaign in December of 2015, and is now the Gulf Fish Forever Campaign Organizer.
Ariadne Acevedo, Outreach Team Coordinator
Phone: 504-525-1528 x213
Ariadne runs GRN's outreach team and you can often find her with a clipboard in her hands. She grew up in South Texas, spending most of her time at South Padre Island. Her love and dedication to coastal restoration stems from watching the negative effects the oil and gas industry on the place she calls home. Ariadne is a full time student at Loyola University New Orleans and waits tables at a seafood restaurant Uptown. In her free time she fosters dogs and likes to go dancing with her friends.