On this episode of the Capitol Beach, Derek Brockbank welcomes Bradley Watson, Executive Director of Coastal States Organization (CSO) to the show. ASBPA and CSO are close allies and frequently partner on policy issues. The conversation includes discussion about ASBPA and CSO’s joint policy position, the history of the Coastal States Organization including how the Coastal Zone Management Act helped launch the organization.
We also share where you can get 25 cent martinis in New Orleans.
Bradley Watson is Coastal States Organization’s Executive Director. 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.
ASBPA Executive Director, Derek Brockbank, will host this semi-regular podcast. Prior to starting with ASBPA, Derek worked as campaign director for a coalition effort to restore the Mississippi River Delta and Coastal Louisiana, and was part of a gulf-wide campaign to pass the RESTORE Act, securing billions of dollars for Gulf Coast restoration. This followed up on his work with National Wildlife Federation on climate adaption. Derek started his career as a grassroots organizer. Derek grew up in New York City and got his coastal education from an early age playing on the beaches of Long Island, and kayaking and fishing in Peconic Bay.