Thursday, November 2, 2017 News · Press Releases

South Carolina Coastal Conservation League Announces Laura Cantral as New Executive Director

by Alan Hancock




November 2, 2017

Contact: Alan Hancock – [email protected] – (843) 277-7622

Coastal Conservation League Announces Laura Cantral as New Executive Director

Cantral Joins the Coastal Conservation League after Twelve Years at Meridian Institute in Washington, D.C.

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Board of Directors of the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League announced today that Laura Cantral will join the Conservation League as Executive Director in January. Founder Dana Beach will step down as the organization’s Executive Director, and assume a new role as Founder and Director Emeritus, providing strategic guidance to the Conservation League.

“The Coastal Conservation League has transformed conservation in South Carolina, and serves as a model across the region for pragmatic conservation advocacy,” Laura Cantral said. “I am humbled to lead the organization, and I am excited to continue building on a legacy of conservation victories to protect coastal South Carolina’s natural resources and quality of life.”

Cantral comes to the Conservation League from Meridian Institute in Washington, D.C., a nonprofit organization focused on leading diverse and collaborative stakeholder efforts. Cantral oversees projects and major initiatives focused on U.S. ocean policy. Cantral has also worked on the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy in Washington, the Biscayne Bay Partnership Initiative in Miami, and on the Florida Governor’s Ocean Committee. A native of Mississippi, Cantral is a graduate of the University of Mississippi and the University of Mississippi School of Law.

“Laura Cantral will continue Dana Beach’s legacy of effective advocacy for a better Lowcountry,” Conservation League Board Chair Margot Rose said. “We welcome Laura and we look forward to her leadership of the strong team that Dana has built since 1989.”

“Over the last 28 years, we and our conservation partners have changed the future of the Lowcountry – by protecting hundreds of thousands of acres of land, defeating the last coal plant proposed in America, dramatically improving the state’s energy landscape, launching GrowFood Carolina, which has given rise to a renaissance in local agriculture, and inspiring hope for the future of our beautiful but imperiled region. Laura will continue that progress by advocating for conservation at city halls and at the Statehouse,” Dana Beach said. “We have a bright future ahead of us.”

“Among other challenges, growth in coastal South Carolina threatens the quality of life that draws so many here. We’re fortunate to have a strong organization in place to tackle these challenges head-on and encourage innovation. The Lowcountry deserves the best,” Charley Tarver, Vice Chair of the Conservation League Board and Chair of the Transition Committee, said.

The search firm Isaacson, Miller assisted the Conservation League in its search for a new executive director.

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The Coastal Conservation League is a nonprofit 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.

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