Ariadne Acevedo, Director of Membership and Community Fundraising
Phone: 504-525-1528 x210
Ariadne works on GRN’s development team to build individual and business donor giving, coordinates GRN's events, as well as manages GRN’s Outreach Team. She grew up in a small border town in the Rio Grande Valley, on the Texas coast and is currently working on her B.A. in Political Science at Loyola University New Orleans.
Dwayne Breashears, Major Gifts Officer
Phone: 504-525-1528 ext 211
As the Major Gifts Officer, Dwayne works to cultivate business and individual donor relationships. A New Orleans native, Dwayne’s civic-minded roots run deep in the community having worked with the Volunteer and Information Agency (now Vialink), the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and WWOZ (first as Membership Director, then for 18 years as the Program Director). As Program Director, he was in charge of overseeing program scheduling and event coverage, coordinating multiple departments, and working with directors and production staff. He produced live event broadcasts including: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, French Quarter Festival, Gulf Aid, and A Great Night in Harlem. As a native New Orleanian, he has an in depth knowledge of the musicians, music and cultural history of the city and the region. He is also a Board Member for CubaNOLA Arts Collective, Upturn Arts and Engulf.
Kendall Dix, Campaign Organizer
Phone: 504-525-1528 ext 205
Kendall works on the Gulf Fish Forever campaign to partner with chefs, fishermen and all who care about fish to advocate for science-based fishery management and the protection of essential fish habitat. Kendall also partners with community organizations and other environmental justice advocates to oppose petrochemical development that threatens the health and well-being of everyone on the Gulf Coast. Kendall has cooked in some of New Orleans' best restaurants and has a B.S. in Journalism and a J.D. from the University of Kansas. He enjoys eating, being outside, and eating outside.
Irene Dowling, Office Manager
Phone: 504-525-1528 ext. 201
Irene is in charge of the GRN’s bookkeeping and day to day operations. Irene received her B.A. in History and A.S. in Computer Science from Southeastern Louisiana University. She has worked as a full charge bookkeeper for a CPA, in accounts payable for Hotel Management of New Orleans, and as an IT manger for the law firm of Jones, Walker.
Scott Eustis, Community Science Director
Phone: 504-525-1528 ext. 212
With an extensive background in wetlands and fisheries research from his Master's from the University of New Orleans, Scott supports GRN's Science and Water Policy team by analyzing wetlands restoration projects, providing scientific arguments in comments against bad developments and wetlands destruction, and by representing GRN in many public forums. Scott has a bachelor's of science in Ecology from UGA's Odum School of Ecology, as well as a degree in English from UGA, and spends a lot of his time flying kites for Public Lab and learning about our natural world with the Louisiana Master Naturalists, GNO.
Raleigh Hoke, Campaign Director
Phone: 504-525-1528 ext. 204
Raleigh works with GRN’s campaign and organizing staff to develop and implement winning advocacy campaigns that address some of the most pressing issues facing the health of the Gulf’s environment and communities. Before becoming Campaign Director, Raleigh worked for 2 years as GRN’s Communications Director and 5 years as Mississippi Organizer. He has also helped run several of GRN’s summer outreach offices. He has a B.A. in Political Science from Tulane University.
Michael Hurst, Administrative Assistant and Graphic Designer
Phone: 504-525-1528 ext 215
As the Administrative Assistant, Michael is responsible for assisting the office manager with bookkeeping, filing of documents, and other office tasks. As the Graphic Designer, he is in charge of designing print materials for upcoming events, creating slides for the website and social pages, and designing the layout for the quarterly newsletter. He received his B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2009 and started off as GRN's Design Intern in 2012 before being hired on at the beginning of 2013.
Harry Lowenburg, Campaign Organizer
Phone: 504-525-1528 x 208
Harry works with low lying communities in New Orleans to develop strategies for increasing resilience to localized flooding. He serves on the Steering Committee of the Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative and advocates for City implementation of the Greater New Orleans Water Plan, a plan focused on incorporating green infrastructure into New Orleans' approach to localized flooding. Harry is also responsible for GRN’s Gulf Fish Forever Campaign outreach, focusing on protecting the Sustainable Fisheries Act. Harry began his career as a community organizer in 1977 working for the Seattle Light Brigade. He subsequently served as a chapter organizer for Oregon Fair Share; Executive Director of the Council Bluffs Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement and a founding organizer of a congregation-based organization in Louisiana which later became All Congregations Together.
Natalie Montoya, Wetland Analyst
Phone: 504-525-1528 ext 209
Natalie works to protect wetlands by reviewing and commenting on 404 and CUP permits, conducting GIS analysis, attending hearings and meetings, and contributing to communications. She is a graduate of California Polytechnic University with a Bachelors Degree in Landscape Architecture and minors in Psychology and Spanish. She has a background in organizing around sustainability and justice. In her free time, Natalie enjoys exploring nature and learning about the world through books, podcasts, and documentaries.
Dustin Renaud, Communication Director
Phone: 504-525-1528 ext 214
Dustin works with program and development staff to ensure cohesive and impactful messaging across GRN. Dustin grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and earned his B.A. in Communications from the University of Southern Mississippi. He began his career as the Gulf Coast Program Manager for the National Audubon Society in the aftermath of the BP disaster. At Audubon, Dustin developed and managed three major programs: a citizen science program, a beach nesting bird protection program, and an advocacy and outreach campaign. Dustin has experience working at an advertising and PR agency, and he started his own business, Freesource, to provide resources to creative and tech freelancers. As a Mississippi Master Naturalist, Dustin loves to spend his spare time outside boating, biking and learning more about the natural world.
Matt Rota, Senior Policy Director
Phone: 504-525-1528 ext. 206
Matt is the Senior Policy Director for Gulf Restoration Network. Through his work with GRN, he advocates for healthy waters throughout the Gulf of Mexico region. He also works with Mississippi River Basin organizations to promote policies that will reduce the Dead Zone-causing pollution flowing to the Gulf of Mexico. Matt currently focuses on water pollution issues in Louisiana, the Mississippi River, and the Gulf of Mexico, working to ensure adequate policies regarding the BP oil drilling disaster, wetlands, water quality, and nitrogen and phosphorus pollution are adopted and implemented in order to protect and restore waters of the Gulf of Mexico region. He is co-Chair of the Nutrients Workgroup for the Mississippi River Collaborative and has given numerous presentations on water pollution issues including the Dead Zone, sewage pollution, wetlands, and the BP Oil Drilling Disaster, at professional and technical conferences throughout the country. He earned his B.S. in Ecology, Evolutionary, and Organismal Biology from Tulane University and his Masters of Earth and Environmental Resources Management from the University of South Carolina.
Christian Wagley, Coastal Organizer, Florida and Alabama
Christian works to protect water quality, create a healthy energy future, and improve coastal resilience in communities along the Florida panhandle and southeast Alabama. His previous work experience includes land use planning, green building, clean energy advocacy, and the connection between community design and water quality.
Andrew Whitehurst, Water Program Director
Phone: 504-525-1528 ext. 203
Andrew works to develop and implement healthy waters campaigns in Mississippi, advancing GRN public policy positions through administrative comment writing, public education, and mobilization. Andrew has a B.A. in English from L.S.U. in 1982; a Master's Degree in Wildlife Ecology from Mississippi State University in 1990; and a J.D. from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at L.S.U. in 1997. His experience includes work in coastal fisheries research, law, and conservation outreach.