Laura Cantral assumed the role of Executive Director the Coastal Conservation League in January 2018. She brings to the Conservation League a track record of success in strategy development, partnership building, and environmental policy at the international, national, regional, and state levels. Most recently, Laura was a senior partner at Meridian Institute, a nonprofit with offices in Washington DC and Colorado that is focused on bringing collaborative approaches to addressing complex and controversial issues.
At Meridian, Laura served as director of the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative, a collaborative bipartisan effort of experienced thought leaders and ocean champions that advances ocean and coastal policy issues. In that role, Laura served as a trusted advisor to key members of Congress and brought together all sectors of the ocean community to identify urgent priorities, communicate them effectively to decision makers, and cultivate and educate ocean leaders.
Previously, she worked for the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy as its Associate Director for Governance and as a Senior Policy Analyst for the Governor of Florida’s Ocean Policy Committee.
She grew up in Mississippi, where she graduated from college and law school and started her career in environmental policy before moving to Washington DC, where she lived and worked for more than 15 years. Laura now lives with her husband and two dogs in downtown Charleston and is thrilled to be leading the Coastal Conservation League into its next era of conservation successes.