Executive Director for the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission, Shelley Luce, has been selected to serve a two-year term as chair of the Association of National Estuary Programs (ANEP).

“It’s really hard to get people from different perspectives and agendas to work together on one key thing — protecting our precious estuaries — and ANEP is critical in supporting the National Estuary Programs in getting this job done. I’m excited to be chair of this committed group,” Luce said.

In her new role with ANEP, Luce will be responsible for coordinating outreach to elected officials about the importance of estuaries to local communities and economies.

A major goal for her term as chair is to increase public understanding of and appreciation for their local estuaries and the programs that protect and enhance them.

“I am proud and excited to hand over the reigns to Shelley,” said Dr. Holly Greening, executive director of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program and immediate past-chair of ANEP.

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