February 27, 2017
Contact: Dana Beach – [email protected]
Coastal Conservation League Board of Directors Announces Search for New Executive Director
CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Board of Directors of the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League announced today that Dana Beach plans to step down as the organization’s executive director later this year. He will assume a new role as a strategic advisor. The board will launch a national search for his successor.
Beach founded the Conservation League in 1989 with two staff members and an annual
budget. Today the organization has 35 professional staff in offices in Charleston,
Beaufort, Georgetown and Columbia. They work in the fields of planning and land
conservation; water, wildlife and human health; climate and energy; and sustainable
agriculture. The Conservation League also launched GrowFood Carolina in 2011 to stabilize
the coast’s rural landscape by strengthening the local agricultural economy.
When the executive director search is completed, Mr. Beach will assume a new set
of responsibilities including acting as a strategic advisor and fundraiser for the organization.
He will also work on a new book detailing the history of the Conservation League.
“Thanks to broad and sustained community support, an intelligent, persistent and
passionate staff, and a generous, energetic and courageous board, the Conservation League
has grown dramatically over the last 28 years. We are well positioned to increase our
effectiveness in the face of unprecedented changes that bring extraordinary new
opportunities. This is an excellent time for me to step back from operations to focus on
preparing for the future,” Mr. Beach said.
“Dana Beach is a big picture thinker, a man who has literally transformed the conservation
movement for the better by leading this organization in advocacy, generating fresh thinking,
and executing actionable plans on many fronts,” Margot Rose, Board Chair
said. “We understand his wish to step away from day-to-day operations after so many years,
but we are excited that his extraordinary vision will continue to guide us.”
Since founding the Conservation League, Mr. Beach has received awards from many
institutions, including the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the South
Carolina General Assembly, and the American Institute of Architects. In 1998, Mr. Beach
was named one of Ten Heroes for the Planet by Time Magazine’s Time for Kids. In 2000, he
received the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest honor, awarded by the Office of
the Governor for outstanding contributions to the state. In 2015, the prestigious Peter
Benchley Ocean Awards presented him with the “Hero of the Seas” award.
In 2010, Sammy Fretwell with The State newspaper wrote, “Dana Beach has systematically
built an eco-political machine that dwarfs other environmental groups in the state. As the
state’s population has expanded into once pristine rural areas — particularly along the coast
— Beach’s group has been on the front lines of virtually every big environmental issue.”
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The Coastal Conservation League is a non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to
protecting the coastal resources of South Carolina. Our mission is to protect the natural
landscapes, abundant wildlife, clean water and traditional communities by working with
citizens, local governments and the state legislature.