State and Outreach Leads

Each jurisdiction in the Chesapeake Bay watershed has a role to play in the restoration effort. In order to ensure our members from the Bay states are not only coordinating their work but able to discuss state specific issues and threats, the Coalition created the state and outreach lead structure. Each state in the watershed has a lead who is responsible for convening and organizing work around our Coalition priorities, while also looking for new and emerging issues that may need Coalition support. Our leads work hard to ensure that our members are not only knowledgeable about Bay issues, but engaging with the larger membership to help solve them. 

You can find your state lead below.

Delaware

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Maryland

Laura Miller, Delaware Nature Society
(302) 239-2334 Ext 131
laura@delawarenaturesociety.org

Laura joined Delaware Nature Society’s Advocacy Department in October 2017 after graduating from the University of Delaware. She uses her background in animal science, wildlife conservation, and environmental advocacy to conduct outreach and education with the Clean Water: Delaware’s Clear Choice campaign.

New York

Ben Alexandro, Maryland League of Conservation Voters
845-596-9634
balexandro@mdlcv.org

Ben joined Maryland LCV in 2015 and is well versed in Chesapeake Bay, watershed, and conservation science and policy issues. Before joining Maryland LCV, Ben coordinated the Potomac Watershed Partnership with the Cacapon Institute and worked on stormwater and green infrastructure issues with the Environmental Finance Center.

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Pennsylvania

Angela Hotaling, New York League of Conservation Voters
212-361-6350, ext. 205
ahotaling@nylcv.org

Angela Hotaling joined NYLCV in October 2017 as Program Director. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy from SUNY Oneonta and a M.A. in Environmental Philosophy from University of Montana. Angela has a background in grant writing and enjoys hiking and exploring the forests of upstate New York. 

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Virginia

Taylor Nezat, PennFuture
717-214-7935
nezat@pennfuture.org

Taylor Nezat is a native of south central Pennsylvania and serves as PennFuture’s Campaign Manager for Watershed Advocacy. Taylor leads high-impact campaigns around water issues affecting Pennsylvania’s environment in the Susquehanna and Chesapeake Bay watersheds. 

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Pat Calvert, Virginia Conservation Network
804-803-1897
pat@vcnva.org

Pat Calvert is the Policy & Campaigns Manager for Clean Water & Land Conservation at VCN. Offering experience as an environmental educator, Riverkeeper and avid angler, Pat cultivates powerful, diverse and highly-coordinated movement to strengthen the Commonwealth’s irreplaceable natural resources and communities. 

West Virginia

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David Lillard, West Virginia Rivers Coalition
304-876-2860
dlillard@wvrivers.org

David supports West Virginia Rivers’ communications and public affairs work in the Chesapeake Bay region and on public lands and waters statewide. He grew up fishing and crabbing on the Delmarva Peninsula and hiking the deep woods of the Appalachians, and cherishes working to restore and protect them.