Rebecca K. Roth
Rebecca Roth is the executive director of the National Estuarine Research Reserve Association. She advances the mission of the reserve system by advocating for the shared interests of all reserves. She works with Congress and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to support annual budget appropriations and legislative priorities that enhance the value of all reserves for their many partners and stakeholders. She also works closely with NOAA and other federal agencies to help shape regulations and policies to sustain healthy estuaries nationwide.
A land use planner by training, Rebecca is a veteran coastal management and public administration professional with more than 29 years of experience. For 18 years, she worked for the California Coastal Commission, where she last served as Federal Programs Manager. She has been involved with the reserves since 1998 through her Coastal Commission work, which facilitated integrated coastal and ocean management among California’s reserves, coastal programs, and marine sanctuaries.
Rebecca earned her Masters of Arts Degree in Public Administration and Policy at San Francisco State University and her Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and City Planning at San Diego State University. Rebecca grew up and lived near the Pacific Ocean in California for most of her life; she now resides in New England where she still finds her connection to the coast to be one of her greatest re-charges.