Former White House ocean leader comes home to Camden
Camden — Following his tenure as the first director of the National Ocean Council at the White House, Deerin Babb-Brott has accepted a position as Senior Partner at SeaPlan — a Boston-based nonprofit ocean policy and science group — where he develops approaches and tools that advance science-based, stakeholder-informed solutions to balance the use and conservation of ocean and coastal ecosystems.
Babb-Brott's roots in New England run deep. He grew up in Camden, studied government and the environment at Bowdoin College, and pioneered ocean planning in Massachusetts as the assistant secretary for Oceans and Coastal Zone Management. He was the architect of the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan — the first comprehensive ocean plan in the nation. During his 23-year career he has been involved in landmark ocean management projects, including environmental review and mitigation negotiations for Cape Wind, designation of ocean areas off Massachusetts and Rhode Island for wind energy development, and siting offshore liquefied natural gas terminals.
At the White House, Babb-Brott coordinated implementation of the National Ocean Policy with marine industries, state and tribal governments, conservation groups and the public. In January, he earned the U.S. Department of the Interior's 2013 Partners in Conservation Award for the National Ocean Council’s work on multiple use policy for obsolete oil and gas rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.
Working in Boston and from his Camden home, he continues to tackle difficult ocean policy and management issues around the country and in other parts of the world.
“The challenge across the board is balancing ocean space and resource demands with the need to restore and maintain ocean health,” said Babb-Brott in a news release. “New models of ocean management that combine big-picture and place-based knowledge and action are critical. We need to get this right, because there’s an awful lot at stake.”