Staff


Cyn Sarthou

Cyn Sarthou, Executive Director

Phone: 504-525-1528 ext. 202
Cyn is responsible for the day to day operations and staff management at the GRN. She is primarily responsible for foundation fundraising, and also works to elevate regional issues to a national level, and monitors federal agency action affecting coastal and marine endangered species in Gulf states. Cyn received her B.A. from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, her law degree from the University of Mississippi in 1983, and her Masters of Law in Law and Marine Affairs from the University of Washington in 1992.

PROGRAM STAFF


Matt Rota

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

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.

Andrew Whitehurst

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

Scott Eustis, Community Science Director

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.

Dustin Renaud

Dustin Renaud, Communication Director

Phone: 504-525-1528 ext 214
Dustin works with program and development staff to ensure cohesive and impactful messaging across GRN. Dustin grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and earned his B.A. in Communications from the University of Southern Mississippi. He began his career as the Gulf Coast Program Manager for the National Audubon Society in the aftermath of the BP disaster. At Audubon, Dustin developed and managed three major programs: a citizen science program, a beach nesting bird protection program, and an advocacy and outreach campaign. Dustin has experience working at an advertising and PR agency, and he started his own business, Freesource, to provide resources to creative and tech freelancers. As a Mississippi Master Naturalist, Dustin loves to spend his spare time outside boating, biking and learning more about the natural world.

Harry Lowenburg

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.

Howard Page

Howard Page, Mississippi Organizer

Phone: 1-228-233-4734
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.

Christian Wagley

Christian Wagley, Coastal Organizer, Florida and Alabama

Phone: 850-687-9968
Christian works to protect water quality, create a healthy energy future, and improve coastal resilience in communities along the Florida panhandle and southeast Alabama. His previous work experience includes land use planning, green building, clean energy advocacy, and the connection between community design and water quality.

Naja Battle

Naja Battle, Outreach Coordinator

Phone: 504-525-1528 ext. 200
Naja Battle runs GRN's outreach team and can be found in several communities throughout New Orleans building membership and involvement. Naja is a graduate of Xavier University of LA with a B.S in Public Health and has done outreach work and community building through environmental health advocacy, building of green projects, and outreach management. Aside from GRN work, Naja is a Kemetic Yoga professor and founder of Yoga of Kemet promoting a healthy and holistic lifestyle. In her free time she likes to be under a tree or by water enjoying nature .

Kendall Dix

Kendall Dix, Fisheries Associate

Phone: 816-590-7452
Kendall works on the Gulf Fish Forever campaign to partner with chefs, restaurants and all interested parties to advocate for science-based fishery management and the protection of critical fish habitat. Kendall has cooked in some of New Orleans' best restaurants and has a B.S. in Journalism and a J.D. from the University of Kansas. He enjoys biking, kayaking, and just generally being outdoors as much as possible.

DEVELOPMENT AND ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF


Irene Dowling

Irene Dowling, Office Manager

Phone: 504-525-1528 ext. 201
Irene is in charge of the GRN’s bookkeeping and day to day operations. Irene received her B.A. in History and A.S. in Computer Science from Southeastern Louisiana University. She has worked as a full charge bookkeeper for a CPA, in accounts payable for Hotel Management of New Orleans, and as an IT manger for the law firm of Jones, Walker.

Michael Hurst

Michael Hurst, Administrative Assistant and Graphic Designer

Phone: 504-525-1528 ext 215
As the Administrative Assistant, Michael is responsible for assisting the office manager with bookkeeping, filing of documents, and other office tasks. As the Graphic Designer, he is in charge of designing print materials for upcoming events, creating slides for the website and social pages, and designing the layout for the quarterly newsletter. He received his B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2009 and started off as GRN's Design Intern in 2012 before being hired on at the beginning of 2013.

Ariadne Acevedo

Ariadne Acevedo, Director of Membership Outreach

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.

Megan Grusenmeyer

Megan Grusenmeyer, Director of Philanthropy

Phone: 504-525-1528 ext. 211
Megan is a native New Orleanian and is responsible for GRN's membership communication and event planning. She received a Bachelors in Physics from Loyola University Chicago. When not in the office, Megan bikes and canoes around south Louisiana and enjoys the plentiful live music and seafood the Gulf South provides.

Mailing Address

Louisiana (Main Office)

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2245
New Orleans, LA 70176
 
Physical Address:
330 Carondelet St., Suite 300
New Orleans, LA 70130
 
Phone: (504) 525-1528
Fax: (504) 525-0833
 
Mississippi (Satellite Office)
Andrew Whitehurst
Science and Water Policy Assistant Director
3141 West Tidewater Lane
Madison, MS 39110
(601) 954-7236
 
Texas (Satellite Office)
Jordan Macha
Gulf Policy Analyst
P.O. Box 41625
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 675-0076
 
 

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