Gulf Restoration Network

United for a Healthy Gulf

Advisory Board


The GRN Advisory Board brings unique knowledge and skills that enhance those of the Board and staff of the GRN by:

  • Acting as a resource for the GRN Board and/or staff on complex or technological issues outside the expertise of the Board of Directors
  • Advising the Board and staff on major organizational challenges or new initiatives, so as to complement and enhance the effectiveness of the Board of Directors
  • Acting as community liaisons to assist in enhancing GRN relationships in their communities


Nancy Adams
New Orleans, LA

Nancy Adams has lived in New Orleans for more than thirty years. She received her Ph.D. in American Studies from Brown University in 1973 and taught English and Interdisciplinary studies at many universities including Tulane and the University of New Orleans. During that time she published a book, Anais Nin (1983) and several articles. In more recent years she has devoted herself to painting, gardening, and volunteering (aside from the all-important parenting). Dr. Adams was a founding board member of the Louisiana Institute for Education in the Arts. She has also played a leadership role in Brown University alumni activities in Louisiana for several years.

Dr. John B. Anderson
W. Maurice Ewing Professorship in Oceanography
Rice University
Houston, TX

John Anderson received his B.S. degree in 1968 from the University of South Alabama, his M.S. degree in 1970 from the University of New Mexico, and his Ph.D. in 1972 from Florida State University. He began his professional career at Hope College in 1972 where he was an assistant professor. I n 1975, he joined the faculty at Rice University. Dr. Anderson has conducted research on various aspects of Antarctic marine geology and on the evolution of the northern Gulf of Mexico Basin and the response of coastal systems to global change. His most recent book is "The Formation and Future of the Upper Texas Coast" and he recently co-edited a Geological Society of America special paper "Response of Upper Gulf Coast Estuaries to Holocene Climate Change and Sea-Level Rise."

Jim Blackburn
Blackburn & Carter
Houston, TX

Jim Blackburn is a partner in Blackburn Carter, P.C., and a firm devoted to environmental law and planning. Cases include environmental impact and energy facility siting, wetlands, air and hazardous waste litigation; strategic environmental planning; flood-related litigation; and sustainable development and environmental dispute resolution. Mr. Blackburn is also a Professor in the Practice in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University, teaching courses in sustainable development. He serves as Director, Interdisciplinary Minor in Energy and Water Sustainability, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University and is a Faculty Associate for the Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center and China-U.S. Center at Rice University. Mr. Blackburn is also active in community issues. He is the co-founder of Houston Wilderness, the Matagorda Bay Foundation, and the Galveston Bay Foundation.

Mark Davis
Senior Research Fellow
Director of the Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy
Tulane University Law School
New Orleans, LA

Mark Davis was a founding member of the GRN Board of Directors. Before coming to the Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy, he served for fourteen years as the Executive Director of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana where he was extensively involved in shaping laws, policies and programs at the state and federal level dealing the restoration and stewardship of coastal ecosystems. Prior to that time, he practiced law in Washington D.C. and Chicago. Mr. Davis has also been an adjunct professor at IIT Chicago Kent School of Law and Indiana University's School of Business in Indianapolis. He has a JD, with honors, from Indiana University and an MLT from the Georgetown University Law Center.


Derrick Christopher Evans
Executive Director
Turkey Creek Community Initiatives
Turkey Creek, MS

Derrick Christopher Evans is a sixth generation native of Turkey Creek, a coastal Mississippi community settled in 1866 by his freed African-American ancestors. An historian, environmentalist, and educator, he founded Turkey Creek Community Initiatives (TCCI) in 2003 to help defend and restore his endangered community and coastal stream basin from unjust development and casino-driven sprawl. His embattled little community's advocacy, litigation, and resident-led planning for cultural and environmental stewardship earned a significant success and attention prior to Hurricane Katrina. Since the storm, Evans and his colleagues have advocated widely for a more just, healthy, and sustainable recovery for the Gulf Coast's most vulnerable people and community assets.


John S. Jacob
Director, Texas Coastal Watershed Program,
Assoc. Professor, Department of Recreation, Park & Tourism Sciences
Texas Sea Grant, Houston, TX

John Jacob received his B.S. degree in 1981 in Soil Science and his M.S. in 1984 from Texas Tech University. He received his Ph.D. in Pedology in 1992 from Texas A&M University. Dr. Jacob has worked and taught in Texas, Mexico and Guatemala in the fields of: watershed management, wetlands, soil science, and land use.

John Anthony Lopez, Ph.D.
Director-Coastal Sustainability Program
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation
New Orleans, LA

The central focus of the work of John Anthony Lopez is implementation of a multiple lines of defense strategy for community protection and restoration for coastal Louisiana. Prior to joining the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, he was an assistant professor at the University of New Orleans, and was employed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Coastal Restoration Branch – Project Management for the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act Program and the Louisiana Coastal Area Program. Dr. Lopez received a Doctorate in Engineering and Applied Sciences in 2003 from the University of New Orleans, and was a Fellow in 2000 with the Loyola University Institute of Environmental Communications.

Dr. Larry McKinney
Harte Research Institute
Texas A&M University
Corpus Christi, TX

Larry McKinney became executive director of the Harte Institute in July of 2008, after retiring from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) after 23 years of service. He played a leading role in the formation of the Resource Protection Division at TPWD, a program mandated by the Texas legislature as part of the sunset review of the mid-1980s. The division quickly grew in capabilities and reputation for taking on difficult and controversial environmental issues like endangered species conservation, water resource development and habitat loss throughout Texas. Dr. McKinney was one of the youngest, and ultimately longest, tenured division directors at TPWD and was recognized for his expertise in water resources and conservation of both freshwater and marine ecosystems. He currently chairs the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary advisory council.

Page Williams
Houston, TX

Page Williams is a former GRN board member, has served on the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary advisory board, on the executive committee of the Galveston Bay Foundation, and is currently an Advisory Trustee with the Galveston Bay Foundation. As a community activist, she has held offices with local and state Audubon Society and Sierra Club groups, as well as Houston Underwater Club and the Gulf Coast Council of Diving Clubs. Ms. Williams grew up in the Chesapeake Bay region, and transferred her interest in marine issues to Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico when she moved to Houston in the 1960s. She has been scuba-certified since 1978, and fortunate that a travel agency job took her diving around the world, but is especially devoted to the Gulf of Mexico.