President Obama has appointed state Sen. Kevin Ranker and Makah tribal chairman Micah McCarty to the National Oceans Council's newly formed Governance Coordinating Committee.
They are two of 15 members named so far to the committee, and three more are expected. The White House has this site devoted to the council's work. In a news release, Obama's staff said the new governance group is meant to include state, local and tribal people who will serve together "as a key coordinating body on ocean policy issues."
Ranker, a Democrat from San Juan, chairs a natural resources council and has been working on Puget Sound water-quality issues. He said he would work to McCarty is also the Makah tribal council's marine policy and fisheries adviser.The other appointees are from around the country including one Brian Baird – who is not to be confused with our former 3rd district congressman who worked on ocean and climate change issues. The appointees so far include (as ripped from the news release):
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Kathleen Leyden, Maine (Northeast Region)Director of Maine's Coastal Zone Management Program
David Naftzger, Illinois (Great Lakes Region)Executive Director, Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Council
Lelei Peau, American Samoa (Pacific Islands Region)Deputy Director, Department of Commerce for the American Samoa Government
Mark Robbins, Alaska (Alaska Region)Associate Director, Office of the Governor
Paige Rothenberger, U.S. Virgin Islands (Caribbean Region)Coral Reef Initiative Coordinator, USVI Dept. of Planning & Natural Resources
George Stafford, New York (Mid-Atlantic Region)Deputy Secretary of State
Bill Walker, Mississippi (Gulf of Mexico Region)Chair of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance Management Team and Executive Director of the MS Department of Marine Resources
Steve Crawford, Maine (Tribal Representative)Environmental Director, Passamaquoddy Tribe of Pleasant Point, ME
Jacque Hostler, California (Tribal Representative)Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Transportation and Land-Use Department, Cher-Ae Heights Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria
Micah McCarty, Washington State (Tribal Representative)Tribal Chairman & Marine Policy & Fisheries Advisor, Makah Tribal Council
Kristin Jacobs, Florida (Local Government Representative)County Commissioner - District 2, Broward County, Florida
Geraldine Knatz, California (Local Government Representative)Executive Director, Port of Los Angeles
Joan Murphy, Illinois (Local Government Representative)Cook County Commissioner, IL, 6th District
Kevin Ranker, Washington State (State Legislative Representative)Washington State Senator
Washington is well represented on the panel with two people. California has three members, and Maine and Illinois have two each.
As a committee member Ranker's said in a news release that he would "be working to coordinate the implementation of national oceans policy across state and local governments throughout the country."