Wednesday, December 1, 2021 Press Releases

The Coastal Conservation League Announces the Departure of Executive Director Laura Cantral

by Diane Knich

Press release from the Coastal Conservation League

For immediate release: December 1, 2021

Media Contact: Diane Knich, Coastal Conservation League, [email protected], (843) 530-0211

The Coastal Conservation League Announces the Departure of

Executive Director Laura Cantral

The Coastal Conservation League today announced that Executive Director Laura Cantral will depart from the organization, effective December 31, 2021. For personal family reasons, Laura and her husband will be relocating to Atlanta in January 2022.

In her memo to the Board, Laura stated that “it has been an honor to lead this incredible organization. When I arrived in late 2017, I knew I was stepping into a unique role—one of leader, manager, strategist, advocate, fundraiser, and steward all rolled into one. I could not have known the challenges and opportunities we would face over the course of the last four years, and I’m grateful for a wonderful staff and a supportive Board of Directors who, together, made all of our work possible.”

The Conservation League wishes to acknowledge Laura for her four years of remarkable service to the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Under Laura’s stewardship, the Conservation League built on its long legacy of significant accomplishments in conservation and environmental advocacy, achieving critical victories in the fight against offshore drilling, the protection of fragile jewels such as Captain Sams Spit and Bay Point Island, the successful resolution of a proposal to route Highway 41 through the historic Phillips community, the passage of legislation to create a statewide Office of Resilience, the nimble deployment of Growfood Carolina’s resources during the pandemic, and much more. Laura also completed a $20 million campaign and oversaw a move to a new state-of-the-art headquarters on Spring Street in downtown Charleston.

Ceara Donnelley, Board Chair, said: “Working alongside Laura as she led the most dynamic and effective conservation advocacy organization in the Lowcountry has been an immense pleasure. Thanks to her leadership and efforts, the organization is financially and structurally sound, with an extraordinary staff that is poised to continue its essential work while the Board works to identify her replacement. I wish Laura all the best in her next chapter and look forward to a very bright future for the Conservation League and the special places and people it serves.”

The Board of Directors will be launching a nationwide search for a new Executive Director in the coming weeks. Interested candidates should contact Nancy Caraballo-Guerra at [email protected].


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