Policy Analyst, Mississippi River Delta Restoration
Areas of expertise: Land, Water & Wildlife programs, rivers and deltas, Mississippi River Delta restoration, U.S. Congress
Whit works to advance EDF’s Mississippi River Delta Restoration project’s federal policy goals. His key responsibilities include monitoring and responding to congressional developments, securing adequate funding for restoration efforts, and preparing research to help increase the public’s and decision makers’ awareness of coastal Louisiana restoration efforts.
Recently, Whit worked with EDF’s policy team to successfully pass the RESTORE Act, a bill that will send billions of dollars to the Gulf Coast for environmental and economic restoration after the 2010 oil spill. Whit provided policy support that helped advance the RESTORE Act through complex and technical legislative processes.
Whit serves as EDF’s lead for the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA), which is currently being conducted in the Gulf Coast region following the oil spill. In this role, Whit tracks, analyses, and recommends projects to restore natural resources damaged as a result of the spill.
- J.D., Loyola University New Orleans College of Law (with an Environmental Certificate)
- Masters in Urban and Regional Planning, University of New Orleans
- B.S., Geography and Political Science, Florida State University
Whit joined EDF in 2011 after spending four years in New Orleans engaged in post-Hurricane Katrina environmental law and urban planning issues. While in New Orleans, he worked on climate adaptation at the Loyola Center for Environmental Law and Land Use.
Whit also served as a law clerk for the Environmental Protection Agency's Clinical Legal Honors Education Program. As a law student, Whit prepared litigation documents for toxic tort lawsuits caused by naturally occurring radioactive material.