Community of Practice

SAGE is a community of practice that recognizes the value of an integrated approach to coastal risk reduction. SAGE addresses the essential fields necessary to advance the practice of natural infrastructure, including science, engineering, and policy, as well as identification of new processes to accomplish and finance resilience initiatives. SAGE operates within an interagency and inter-organizational framework to achieve multiple system wide goals represented by the various missions and goals of the agencies and non-governmental entities. By working within a public-private forum, the SAGE community can appreciate cost efficiencies, improved communication and information transfer and implement multi-dimensional coastal resiliency projects.

  • Federal and State Agencies
  • Academics and Research Institutes
  • Non-governmental Organizations
  • Private Sector Engineering and Finance

SAGE Structure

SAGE is organized at the national and regional scales, wherein the national SAGE focuses on priorities related to natural infrastructure. The national scale is organized into workgroups, including

  • Policy
  • Technical - Science and Engineering
  • Communications
  • Finance
  • Management Team
The regional scale consists of several Regional Demonstration Pilots, located at: San Francisco, CA; New York City, NY; Barnegat Bay, NJ; Puget Sound, WA; Baltimore, MD; and Jacksonville, FL. The pilots are designed to build regional communities of practice, and SAGE provides a means to support technical, policy, financial, and/or coordination concerns within a region. Regional communities work with the appropriate workgroups to advance the practice of natural infrastructure through the identification of projects, or vulnerable areas and solutions, and appropriate public-private funding mechanisms.

Management Team

SAGE's Management Team is responsible for day-to-day development, implementation and coordination of SAGE activities. Please contact a management team representative within your practice to find out how to get plugged into SAGE.

  • Naomi Edelson  
    SAGE NGO lead
    Director, State and Federal Wildlife Partnerships
    National Wildlife Federation
  • Debbie Larson-Salvatore   
    IWR contact
    Institute for Water Resources, US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Pamela Mason  
    SAGE Academic lead
    Senior Coastal Management Scientist
    Center for Coastal Resources Management, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
  • Susan Meredith Taylor  
    SAGE Private sector lead
    Associate, Abt Associates
  • Kim Penn (NOAA)  
    Federal Co-lead
    Climate Change Coordinator
    National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Bradley Watson
    SAGE State and Pilots lead
    Counsel and Director of Coastal Resilience
    Coastal States Organization
  • Sarah Murdock  
    Management team representative, policy expert
    Director, US Climate Adaptation Policy
    The Nature Conservancy
  • Marriah Abellera  
    IWR contact
    Institute for Water Resources
    US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Rick Bennett  
    Federal Co-lead
    Regional Scientist
    Fish and Wildlife Service

Leadership Team

SAGE's Leadership Team is responsible for developing SAGE vision and goals, new partnerships, and opportunities to leverage funding.

  • Charley Chesnutt (USACE)   
    Coastal Engineer
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Institute for Water Resources
  • Bill Curtis   
    U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory
  • Margaret Davidson (NOAA)  
    Senior Advisor for Coastal Inundation and Resilience Science and Services
    NOAA's National Ocean Service
  • Kacky Andrews (TNC)  
    Director, North America Oceans and Coasts Program
    The Nature Conservancy
  • Roselle Henn (USACE)  
    Deputy Director
    Hurricance Sandy North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study, US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Carl Hershner (VIMS)  
    Director, Center for Coastal Resources Management
    Virginia Institute of Marine Science
    College of William and Mary
  • Mark Crowell (FEMA)  
    Physical Scientist
    Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Erik Meyers (TCF)  
    Vice President
    The Conservation Fund and Chairman, Natural Capital Investment Fund

  • Buck Sutter (NOAA)  
    NOAA Fisheries Office of Habitat Conservation
  • Denise Reed   
    Chief Scientist
    The Water Institute of the Gulf
  • Pam Rubinoff (URI)  
    Coastal Management Extension Specialist
    University of Rhode Island
  • Louise Wallendorf (ASCE)  
    Ocean Engineer
    United States Naval Academy Hydromechanical Laboratory