Kerri joined the federation in July 2018. As a Coastal Advocate, she works to represent the public’s voice at local, state and federal levels to ensure that actions are taken to safeguard North Carolina’s water quality, coastal environment and economy. She represents the federation’s stance on key advocacy issues through increasing public participation in coastal management activities and empowering and motivating informed people to become advocates for coastal stewardship. Kerri’s previous work has focused on estuarine sediments, oyster restoration and marine education. She holds a master’s degree in coastal geology and a bachelor’s in geosciences with minors in environmental studies and geospatial technologies from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.