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Cea Higgins

Executive Director

Caroline “Cea” Higgins is devoted to helping the underserved and underrepresented. That devotion inspired her to pursue a career in special education and spend her time volunteering for organizations that worked for environmental protection & social justice. Throughout her career, Cea focused on coastal advocacy through her decades-long involvement with the Sonoma Coast Chapter of Surfrider Foundation where she was the Policy & Volunteer Coordinator for the chapter. To improve her ability to advocate for coastal preservation, she earned a Juris Doctorate with honors in 2016 focusing on ocean policy. Cea was selected by NOAA to serve on the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council as the Sonoma/Mendocino Coast Community-at-Large Primary representative.  She is a founding member of the Bodega Bay Collaborative, which sponsors town halls, community forums, and provides a voice to unincorporated coastal areas. Cea also helped establish the Sonoma County Marine Protected Areas Collaborative, where she works with scientific institutions, environmental NGOs, and tribal governments to raise awareness of the value of marine protected areas amongst coastal residents and visitors.  An avid surfer, hiker, and trained in marine mammal and sea bird rescue, Cea believes in giving back to the ocean that she cherishes and attributes her success in advocacy to her skills in diplomacy and willingness to actively listen to the concerns of all involved parties.

 

Jo McCormick

Program & Development Manager
Initially an avid volunteer and past Coastwalker, Jo joined the staff of Coastwalk California as Program Director in February, 2015. A native of Glasgow, Scotland, Jo has lived and worked on the East Coast and in Northern California for 25 years. Jo is a development professional in the North Bay non-profit community having worked for 6th Street Playhouse as Development Director, and for KRCB Public Television and Radio. She also has experience in land use economics consulting and specialized in Energy and Environmental Policy in her master’s program. She holds a BSc in Agricultural Economics from Glasgow University and a Masters in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She is an active volunteer and Board Member with “Folk Art for Schools”, Sonoma Bach, 4Cs: Sonoma County Community Child Care Council and is a volunteer driver with CERES. Jo loves to sing with the Sonoma Bach Choir and their fundraising ensemble “The Holiday Singers”.. 

Nancy Morgan

Bookkeeper
Nancy Morgan is a transplanted Hoosier, born in Gary, Indiana.  An avid quilter, her many accomplishments include an MBA degree from Indiana University Bloomington, and a 9,000 mile bicycle trip across the United States with her husband, Bill.   After relocating to the East Coast, she worked as a Staff Accountant (1982 – 1987) for Ottaway Newspapers, a newspaper group and subsidiary of Dow Jones & Company, Inc.  Later, she found her management skills best used in support of Bill’s start-up company, Calan Inc, purchased by Hewlett Packard in 1995.  Since their ensuing move to California, she has volunteered in many areas, and it was in this spirit in 2003 that she responded to the box office needs of 6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa where she is the business manager and box office manager. She is also the bookkeeper for several local for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.

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