Why do you volunteer with Coastkeeper? For 33 years I have lived less than a mile from the ocean. This time taught me the importance of protecting our fragile and ever-changing water resources.

What do you wish everyone knew about Coastkeeper? We protect inland waters and coastal waters: either both are healthy or neither is.


Jack was a government law attorney with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office for 34 years before he joined Chatten-Brown & Carstens part time as special counsel. For 17 years, Jack specialized in land use and the California Environmental Quality Act, both in the main office and as an attorney with the Department of Water & Power. For seven years he worked in the city attorney’s Appellate Section, where he eventually became supervising attorney. Here he drafted, reviewed, and argued a multitude of cases before state and federal appellate courts. Jack obtained a bachelors of arts from UC Berkeley, a master of science in industrial management from MIT, and in 1974 his juris doctorate from USC School of Law.