Speakers Bureau

Looking for a speaker to give a talk to your civic group, neighborhood association, or classroom?

APCC staff members are prepared to provide presentations on a variety of topics. Please contact the speaker of your choice to inquire about scheduling.

While we do not require an honorarium or mileage reimbursement for our speakers, a donation to APCC according to your budget will be very much appreciated.

Andrew Gottlieb, Executive Director

Contact: agottlieb@apcc.org
Andrew Gottlieb
Andrew has more than 30 years of environmental protection experience in government and elected terms in municipal office. He has extensive experience working at all levels of government, having served as a local, state, and county official as well as a legislative staff person. A resident of Mashpee, Andrew is currently serving a fourth term on the Mashpee Board of Selectmen.

Topics:
⦁ Funding drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects
⦁ “State of the Waters: Cape Cod”
⦁ How to work with local and state government to get things done
⦁ The connection between environmental protection, transportation, and economic development
⦁ Environmental trends affecting Cape Cod and Massachusetts

Kristin Andres, Associate Director for Education & Informational Services

Kristin AndresContact: agottlieb@apcc.org

Kristin is responsible for APCC’s educational programming. She is deeply involved in APCC’s native plant initiative and promotes ecological land care and thoughtful stewardship of our managed landscapes. On the APCC grounds, Kristin continues to develop the Living Landscape Laboratory, which includes displays of native gardens and showcases sustainable land care practices.

Before joining the staff at APCC in 2015, Kristin served the town of Chatham as its conservation agent for 16 years. She serves on board of the Ecological Landscape Alliance and on several other local boards and committees.

Topics:
⦁ Native plants and eco-friendly land care practices
⦁ Rain gardens and stormwater management
⦁ Pond health
⦁ Climate-wise land care practices

April Wobst, Restoration Ecologist 

April WobstContact: awobst@apcc.org

April manages APCC’s Restoration Coordination Center, working with towns and communities on planning and implementation of restoration projects. APCC has worked with Cape communities to identify more than 170 projects aimed at restoring impaired salt marshes, fish runs, and shellfish beds, along with improving water quality through stormwater remediation and addressing the impacts of climate change on our coastlines. As Restoration Ecologist, April supports the Center by providing technical, planning, permitting, fundraising, and project management support to communities interested in completing restoration projects.

April has more than 10 years of experience in environmental protection, including project management, long-term ecological monitoring, restoration, and invasive species management. She has particular expertise and training in adaptive management and project planning. April has a B.S. in Biology and Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.S. in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology from the University of Maryland.

Topics:
⦁ Salt marshes
⦁ Ecological restoration—defining restoration and its benefits
⦁ Freshwater pond restoration
⦁ APCC’s Restoration Coordination Center
⦁ Restoration to address coastal resilience/climate adaptation
⦁ Stormwater management

Jo Ann Muramoto, Ph.D., Director of Science Programs 

Jo Ann MuramotoContact: jmuramoto@apcc.org

Jo Ann is the Regional Coordinator for the Cape Cod region of the Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Partnership, where she works with communities to restore and protect the coastal ecosystems of Cape Cod and Massachusetts bays. Jo Ann has a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Cornell University and a B.S. in Biology from Caltech. She has worked as a scientific researcher in chemical oceanography, a conservation administrator for the Town of Falmouth, and an environmental consultant in marine disposal monitoring and coastal and wetland resources. Jo Ann’s background in science, local government, and consulting enables her to work effectively with stakeholders on a variety of environmental topics, including habitat restoration, water resources protection, citizen monitoring, regional coordination, and capacity-building.

Topics:
⦁ Model bylaw for climate change adaptation
⦁ Effects of sea level rise on the Cape’s groundwater
⦁ Restoration projects in Brewster, Sandwich, and Wellfleet
⦁ Basics of ponds and water resources
⦁ River herring monitoring and volunteer count programs
⦁ Cape Cod Stormwater Managers Group: why stormwater coalitions are effective
⦁ Environmental impacts of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station

Don Keeran, Assistant Director 

Contact: dkeeran@apcc.org

Don focuses extensively on environmental policy and advocacy for the organization, acting as APCC’s liaison for most state and federal environmental legislative and policy issues. He works on the state, regional, and local levels on growth management initiatives, promoting the adoption of land use and planning policies that advance smart growth, natural resource protection, and climate change. He is responsible for developing many of APCC’s positions on topical environmental issues, including regional development proposals and other projects that could impact the Cape’s natural resources and quality of life.

Topics:
⦁ Massachusetts land use and zoning reform
⦁ Natural resource protection zoning