National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Announces Gulf Coast Appointments

   National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Announces Gulf Coast Appointments

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, April 22, 2013

WASHINGTON, April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The National Fish and
Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced the appointment of four new members
to its board of directors and two new regional staff directors to support
expanded efforts to restore and improve Gulf Coast ecosystems in the aftermath
of the Deepwater Horizon explosion.

NFWF, which has two decades of experience working on wildlife and marine
conservation issues along the Gulf Coast, was named by a federal court to
administer more than $2.5 billion in settlement funds from BP and Transocean
for projects in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida and Texas.

"These new appointments represent some of the most informed and passionate
voices for the Gulf Coast," said Jeff Trandahl, executive director and CEO of
NFWF. "The new board members and our additional Gulf staff will provide strong
leadership as we make investments in major environmental projects that will
benefit generations to come."

The new appointees to NFWF's 30-member board of directors include:

  oEdwin R. "Rod" Rodriquez Jr. of Florida and Louisiana, a managing director
    at Merrill Lynch who is active in numerous civic and charitable
    organizations.
  oR. King Milling, an attorney and life-long resident of New Orleans, who is
    chairman of the Governor's Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection and
    Restoration and director of the Trust for Coastal Stewardship.
  oCharles McCrary of Alabama, president and CEO of Alabama Power Co. and
    chairman of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama.
  oThomas L. Strickland, a partner in the international law firm of
    WilmerHale, a former U.S. Attorney and former chief of staff and Assistant
    Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks for Interior Secretary Ken
    Salazar.

NFWF Vice President Thomas Kelsch, who has worked for NFWF for 15 years, has
been named to oversee the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund, which will
administer the monies from the plea agreements. NFWF also announced the
appointment of Tanner A. Johnson and Michael J. Sharp as directors of the
Fund.

Johnson is the former legislative director to U.S. Sen. Mary L. Landrieu
(D-La.) and a member of the Louisiana Governor's Advisory Commission for
Coastal Protection, Restoration and Conservation. Just prior to joining NFWF,
Johnson worked at the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. Johnson will be based in
his hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Sharp has been legislative director for U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner (R-Ala.) since
2010 where he had lead responsibilities in the aftermath of the Deepwater
Horizon oil spill. Prior, he served for eight years on the staff of former
Congressman Sonny Callahan (R-Ala). He has also worked in Washington, D.C.
representing an array of Alabama and Gulf coast interests.

Projects financed by the settlement monies will focus on improving the
resilience of the Gulf Coast ecosystem, restoring and enhancing habitat
crucial to supporting wildlife, and enhancing and protecting coastal and
marine fisheries.

NFWF is working with the five Gulf states and federal resource agencies to
identify projects that meet those goals as established in plea agreements
between the U.S. government and BP and other parties.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, a Congressionally chartered
non-profit corporation, is one of the largest private funders of conservation
projects in the United States. It is subject to oversight by Congress and a
board of directors that includes the heads of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as
well as representatives from states, non-governmental organizations and
industry. Its board is appointed by the Secretary of the Interior.

For more information please visit www.nfwf.org.

SOURCE National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Website: http://www.nfwf.org
 
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