Laura Cantral

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Laura Cantral "is a Senior Mediator in Meridian Institute's Washington, DC office. Prior to joining Meridian, Laura was the Associate Director for Governance for the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, a presidential commission appointed in 2001 to develop recommendations to the President and Congress on improving the use and management of ocean resources. From 1998-2000, she also served as staff for the Florida Governor's Ocean Committee, appointed by the late Governor Lawton Chiles to make recommendations about how to improve management of Florida's ocean and coastal resources. With a background in marine law, Laura has extensive experience working on ocean and coastal policy issues at the state, regional, and national levels, through which she has developed a keen understanding of and commitment to addressing the many issues facing our coasts and oceans. As a board member, Laura will bring this broad experience to help with implementation of Surfrider's strategic plan, particularly with regard to addressing policy issues and developing partnerships with other organizations." [1]

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  1. Directors, Surfrider Foundation, accessed February 19, 2010.