Staff

Garry W. Brown, Executive Director

Garry.pngGarry Brown is president and chief executive officer of Inland Empire Waterkeeper and Orange County Coastkeeper, a non-profit organization he founded in 1999 to protect and preserve our local marine habitats and watersheds. Through Waterkeeper, Garry has negotiated solutions to runoff and pollution issues that have threatened our watershed. He’s a relentless advocate for cooperative solutions, but will litigate when boardroom discussions fail to bring results. Under Garry’s leadership, Waterkeeper has become a tried and trusted ward of our freshwater ecosystems through education, advocacy, restoration, research and enforcement.

Garry comes from a long background of building public-private partnerships. After earning a B.A. in Government from the University of Redlands, he served for five years as an assistant city manager, ten years as an advocate and executive director for trade associations in the real estate and building industries, and twice as president of a chamber of commerce. In 2001, he founded the Orange County League of Conservation Voters. In 2006, he published the first issue of “Coastkeeper Magazine.” These varied experiences brought him an extensive and pragmatic understanding of both state and local government and the politics that drive them. Garry is committed to expanding Waterkeeper’s presence as a proactive, results-driven organization that uses coalition building and partnerships to find effective solutions to the environmental problems that impact our communities and watersheds. Currently, Garry serves on numerous Boards of Director and governmental advisory committees, including:

  • Orange County Coastkeeper- Board President
  • California Coastkeeper Alliance- Board Vice-President
  • National Waterkeeper Alliance- Board member
  • SAWPA’s One Water One Watershed- Steering Committee
  • Chairman of OCTA’s Environmental Clean-up Allocation Committee
  • The Green Institute for Village Empowerment (GIVE)
  • Vote the Coast, Board Chairman
  • Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach OSPR Committee
  • National Water Research Institute’s Advisory Panel for the GroundWater Replenishment System
  • Ocean Defenders Alliance, Board Member
  • C.A.R.E.-California Artificial Reef Enhancement Foundation- BoardMember
  • American Green Power, Board member

Colin Kelly, Staff Attorney

Colin.pngColin earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Oregon in 2003 and a Juris Doctorate from Whittier Law School in 2009.  Colin’s responsibilities at Waterkeeper range from supervising our Legal Internship Program, advocating our position at regional meetings, and developing strategies for our legal actions.  Prior to accepting a position with Waterkeeper, Colin was the two-time President of the Environmental Law Society and one of six recipients of the 2009 Dean’s Citation Award at Whittier Law School. When he is not at Waterkeeper, Colin enjoys spending time with his friends and family, enjoying the outdoors, visiting friends in Oregon with his wife and baby daughter, and attending Oregon football games.

 


Orange County Coastkeeper Staff

Executive Director:  Garry Brown

Associate Director:  Ellen Orange-Brown

Associate Director of Programs: Ray Hiemstra

Staff Attorney: Colin Kelly

Education Director: Dyana Peña

Garden Director: Marianne Hugo

 

Click HERE for the Board of Directors of Coastkeeper & Waterkeeper

Coastkeeper Office phone: 714.850.1965 

Coastkeeper Office fax: 714.850.1592

Email: info@coastkeeper.org