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Steve Cochran


The Coalition’s mission is reconnecting the River with its Delta – to protect people, wildlife and jobs.  Its primary partners are the National Wildlife Federation, National Audubon Society, Environmental Defense Fund, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, and Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation.  Steve began leading the Coalition in 2014.

He is also in his 22nd year at the Environmental Defense Fund, now serving as Associate Vice President, Coastal Resilience. After growing up in Louisiana, Steve joined EDF in Washington DC in 1997, where he has served in a number of roles. Prior to EDF, Steve served in government and non-profit roles at the state and federal levels.

Steve received his B.S. from LSU in 1976.  He began his career in the private sector in Louisiana, spending five years negotiating oil and gas leases for an independent energy exploration firm. He makes his home in New Orleans. Current community involvement includes founding chair and current board member for New Harmony High School, advisory board member for Foundation for Louisiana, Governor’s appointee on the Governor’s Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration and Conservation.