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Building a Resilient New England Economy Speaker Bios

Building a Resilient New England Economy Workshop | Resources List | Workshop Agenda | Training

June 25, 2015, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Peter B. Lord Seminars on the Environment
The Providence Journal
75 Fountain Street, 4th Floor
Providence, RI

Speaker Bios

Peyton Fleming oversees external communications, media relations, outreach materials and the web site at Ceres. He joined Ceres in fall 2004, after working for six years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s New England Office in Boston.  Fleming has an extensive background in journalism, covering the environment, business and various other issues for more than a decade at such newspapers as the Providence Journal and the Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Mass. He has won several environmental and business reporting awards. He has a B.A. in Intercultural Studies from Trinity College in Hartford, CT.

Grover Fugate is executive director of the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC). In his role of nearly 30 years, Fugate has been responsible for overseeing the development of all policies and programs for the state’s coastal program. He currently is the project manager the Council’s new Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan (SAMP) which is a forward looking plan at how climate change is impacting Rhode Islands shoreline and developing appropriate responses to this threat and protecting the state’s coastal infrastructure. Due to his leadership with the Ocean SAMP project and other coastal planning efforts, Fugate has earned several significant awards, including the prestigious 2010 Susan Snow‐Cotter Award for Excellence in Ocean and Coastal Resource Management from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He is also the recipient of the 2010 Regional Sea Grant Outstanding Outreach Award, the 2008 Coastal America Award for Habitat Restoration, and the 2008 Rhode Island Sea Grant Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition to his duties as executive director, he also serves as the state Co-Lead to the Ocean Planning initiative for the Northeast Regional Ocean Council and is also the state  Co-Lead for the Regional Planning Body established under President Obama’s Executive Order on the National Ocean Policy. Fugate is the author of academic journal articles on coastal and natural resources management issues and is adjunct faculty at the University of Rhode Island in the Marine Affairs program. He is also a guest lecturer at Roger Williams University Law School on Coastal and Marine Law. He holds an M.B.A. from Memorial University with a program specialization in resource policy analysis and graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in natural resource management.

Dr. Jeffrey Payne is the acting director of the NOAA Office for Coastal Management. In NOAA he previously served as the Coastal Services Center deputy director, deputy chief of staff, and deputy director for Policy and strategic Planning. Jeff also served as the examiner for NOAA programs in the Executive Office of the President’s Office of Management and Budget. Jeff received a doctorate in geophysical oceanography from Texas A&M University and a bachelor’s degree in geology from West Virginia University. He has conducted extensive ship-based geological and geophysical research and consulting work, and has published on scientific, technical, coastal management, and public policy topics.

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