Rebecca K. Roth
Rebecca Roth has been the executive director of the National Estuarine Research Reserve Association since 2010. She advances the mission of the 30 site reserve system by advocating for the shared interests of all reserves. She works with Congress and NOAA 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 30 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 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.