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.
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.
Andrew Whitehurst, Water Program Director
Phone: 504-525-1528 ext. 205
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.
Scott Eustis, Coastal Wetland Specialist
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.
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.
Howard Page, Mississippi Organizer
Howard Page is the Mississippi Organizer for Gulf Restoration Network. Howard works throughout Mississippi to address environmental justice and conservation issues. He is a former state chair of the Mississippi chapter of the Sierra Club, a founding board member of the North Gulfport Community Landtrust and a member of the NAACP. He has also lobbied the legislatures in Washington and Jackson on clean water, clean air and fishing regulations.
Ariadne Acevedo, Outreach Team Coordinator
Phone: 504-525-1528 x213
Ariadne runs GRN's outreach team and you can often find her with a clipboard in her hands. She grew up in South Texas, spending most of her time at South Padre Island. Her love and dedication to coastal restoration stems from watching the negative effects the oil and gas industry on the place she calls home. Ariadne is a full time student at Loyola University New Orleans and waits tables at a seafood restaurant Uptown. In her free time she fosters dogs and likes to go dancing with her friends.