SAN DIEGO, Sept. 28, 2011- The region’s leading environmental nonprofit protecting inland and coastal waters, San Diego Coastkeeper, announces changes in staff and board of directors. The organization promoted two Environmental Law & Policy Clinic staff, Gabriel Solmer to advocacy director and Jill Witkowski to legal clinic director. Megan Baehrens moves to development director. Coastkeeper’s board of directors announces a new leader, David Welborn as president. Board members Jenny Goodman and JP McNeill accepted roles as vice presidents and Jo Brooks will serve as secretary.
Gabriel Solmer joined Coastkeeper in January 2004, working on litigation, legislation and policy issues. She worked as the legal director at the Law & Policy Clinic and also filled in as interim executive director for Coastkeeper for eight months. As advocacy director, Solmer will bring cohesive policy and strategy to Coastkeeper based on a focused, outcome-driven approach.
Jill Witkowski joined Coastkeeper in January 2010 as staff attorney. As legal clinic director, Witkowski will bring a renewed capacity for environmental enforcement by spearheading an expanded student attorney program. Prior to Coastkeeper, she served as deputy director of the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic.
In April 2009, Megan Baehrens joined San Diego Coastkeeper as a development coordinator. In her new role as development director, she will continue connecting Coastkeeper with the community it serves through corporate and foundation relations, grant proposal and report writing, individual and major gifts and Coastkeeper’s annual Ocean Gala.
Coastkeeper’s board of directors will also change. After six years on the board, David Welborn now serves as its president. A life-long environmentalist, he supports private land conservation in Mexico and South America. David Welborn also helped better San Diego’s environment through his work on The San Diego Foundation’s Environment Working Group, where he and his wife have a donor advised fund.
Additionally, current board members Jenny Goodman, associate at Sullivan Hill Lewin Rez & Engel, and JP McNeill, CEO and co-founder of Renovate America, accepted positions as vice presidents on the board. Jo Brooks, a retired attorney for the Department of State, will serve as secretary.
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Founded in 1995, San Diego Coastkeeper protects the region’s bays, beaches, watersheds and ocean for the people and wildlife that depend on them. We balance community outreach, education, and advocacy to promote stewardship of clean water and a healthy coastal ecosystem.