PANEL 3

THE NEXT 20 YEARS

According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Integrated Delivery Schedule, CERP should be completed by 2039. This panel discussion promises to be a provocative dialogue focused on what must be done to complete CERP and save the global treasure that is America’s Everglades.

MEET THE PANELISTS

  • Noah Valenstein ,

    Secretary of

    Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

    Noah Valenstein heads the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and currently serves as the state’s Chief Resilience Officer. Noah has served as Secretary since 2017, and is the first DEP Secretary to be appointed by two consecutive governors. Noah was unanimously approved twice by Florida’s bipartisan cabinet, illustrating the respect he has earned from both sides of the aisle. 

     

    Cultivating more than 15 years of public service experience, Noah has worked closely with both the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate, bridging into the Executive Office of the Governor where he built the environmental platforms for two successful gubernatorial campaigns. During Noah’s time serving the state’s legislative and executive branches, he aided former Speaker of the House Marco Rubio and former Governor Rick Scott, both of whom are now sitting United States senators. In his most recent post as executive director of the Suwannee River Water Management District, the Alachua County native oversaw the protection and conservation of water and land resources across 15 counties. Through the reinvigoration of the Suwannee River Partnership, Noah boldly brought together advocates from environmental and agricultural industries to help solve water quality and water supply challenges.

     

    Noah prioritizes building relationships between diverse groups of stakeholders, from fstate and federal agencies to environmental and agricultural groups to to local communities and businesses. At the state level, Noah has developed strong relationships with Florida’s leading environmental nonprofits, and has worked for the Everglades Foundation, Everglades Trust, Save the Manatee Club, Audubon Florida and more.

    During his tenure as Secretary of DEP, he continues to champion and advocate for water quality improvements, Everglades and springs restoration, coastal resiliency and conservation of Florida’s prized properties. With Governor DeSantis’ leadership, Noah aided efforts to secure $625 million for Florida’s environment – the largest environmental budget in the state’s history. He also worked to pass the unanimously supported Clean Waterways Act.

    Noah attended the Florida State University College of Law, previously graduating with honors from the University of Florida’s School of Natural Resources and Environment. He currently resides in Tallahassee with his wife, Jennifer, daughter, Ava, and two black labs, Ella and Hobo.

  • Chauncey Goss,

    Governing Board Chairman

    of South Florida Water Management District

    Chauncey Goss is the founder and managing partner of Goss Practical Solutions – a firm that provides federal fiscal policy analysis and budget forecasting. Prior to starting the firm, Goss served as Deputy Staff Director and Director of Budget Review for the House Budget Committee under Paul Ryan.

    Before working on Capitol Hill, Goss worked for the Executive Office of the President in the Office of Management and Budget's National Security Division where he was instrumental in ensuring the Department of Defense and intelligence community were properly resourced. Prior to that, he worked as a strategic planner under contract to the Air Force, Navy and intelligence community.

    As a long-time resident of Southwest Florida, Goss first became involved with water quality issues when he worked as the Executive Director of the Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association on Boca Grande in the early 1990s.

    Goss grew up on Sanibel Island and currently lives there with his wife and three sons. He is active in his community and serves as an elected member of the Sanibel City Council. He is Past Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Canterbury School in Fort Myers. He serves on the boards of Captains for Clean Water (Treasurer); the Southwest Florida Community Foundation (Executive Committee); the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation; and the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties. He has served as an appointed member of the Lee County Coastal Advisory Council and as an appointed member to the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program's Management Committee.

  • Stephanie Johnson,

    Senior Program Officer The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

    Stephanie Johnson is a senior program officer with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, a non-governmental organization that provides independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation.  Since joining the Water Science and Technology Board of the National Academies in 2002, she has worked nearly continuously on Everglades-related studies and has served as the study director for all eight of the Academies’ congressionally mandated independent reviews of Everglades restoration progress. Stephanie has also worked on a wide array of other topics, including studies on Chesapeake Bay nutrient management, Gulf of Mexico restoration monitoring, wastewater and graywater reuse, desalination, coastal risk, and coal and uranium mining. Stephanie received her Ph.D. in environmental sciences from the University of Virginia.

  • Colonel

    Andrew Kelly,

    Commander and District Engineer of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,

    Colonel Andrew Kelly is the Commander and District Engineer of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District. Colonel Kelly assumed command on August 24, 2018. Colonel Kelly joins the Jacksonville District team after serving as the Chief of Staff, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan in Kabul. Prior to this deployment, he attended the Eisenhower School of National Security and Resource Strategy earning a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy. While in the national capital region, he completed assignments in the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works)

    office and on the Army Staff in the Office of the Chief of Engineers. Previous assignments include commanding the Walla Walla District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Joint Engineer Trainer in the U.S. Joint Forces Command, Operations and Executive Officer for the 92nd Engineer Battalion, and Brigade Combat Team Engineer in 3rd Infantry Division. As a captain he commanded the 74th Multi-Role Bridge Company,

    served as a Project Engineer in the New York District, and was the executive officer to the North Atlantic Division commander.

    Colonel Kelly graduated from the United States Military Academy and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers in 1994. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, and Defense Meritorious Service medals. He is also the recipient of the Army Engineer Association’s Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal.

MEET THE MODERATOR

  • Glenna Milberg, 

    Emmy award winning journalist Glenna Milberg joined Local10 News in September 1999. She covers South Florida's top stories and community issues, and co-hosts Local10's most-watched public affairs broadcast, "This Week in South Florida." After beginning her career as a print journalist for a travel trade magazine, Glenna made the jump to broadcast news in 1987. She's covered South Florida from the Everglades to the ocean, works the “campaign trail” and has traveled extensively to bring home big national and international stories.

     

    In 2018, the Miami New Times named Glenna South Florida’s Best TV Reporter. Other honors include the Big Impact Award from Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Miami, Hadassah's Myrtle Wreath Award, "Woman Worth Knowing" by Miami Beach's Commission on the Status of Women, and South Florida's Significant Women by Mount Sinai Medical Center's Cancer Lifeline.

     

    Glenna graduated from the University of Florida as an English major with a Bachelor of Arts degree and added a Bachelor of Science degree in broadcast journalism from Florida International University, where she was named Outstanding Broadcast Journalist.

     

    Glenna is a native New Yorker. She and her husband Michael have two bright and beautiful daughters.

    Award winning journalist

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