Coastkeeper names two new chiefs


San Diego Coastkeeper’s board of directors announced new leadership spearheaded by Megan Baehrens as executive director and Jill Witkowski as waterkeeper, a common structure in the global Waterkeeper Alliance.

Founded in 1995, SDC protects and restores fishable, swimmable and drinkable waters in San Diego County.

Baehrens will direct administrative, fundraising and managerial aspects and Witkowski will provide policy, legal and program direction.

Both assume their roles following the departure of former director Gale Filter, who resigned in June, citing personal reasons. “We thank Gale for his strategic leadership and contributions to Coastkeeper and wish him well in the future,” said David Welborn, board president. “Our board and staff are committed to executing the strategic plan that is now in place. We know that Jill and Megan’s passion and leadership will inspire our staff and volunteers to continue their important service to our community.”

Baehrens, previously development director, joined Coastkeeper in April 2009, and Witkowski, previously legal clinic director, joined the organization in January 2010.

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