Cross Sectoral Roles at the Summit

2020 Summit Attracts Diverse Group of Sponsors, Attendees

By Lance Speidell

More than 1,100 people have registered for the National Coastal & Estuarine Summit ahead of the early bird deadline on August 31st. This record-breaking attendance, alongside our more than 400 presentations and panels, has proven that despite the Covid-19 pandemic, coastal and estuarine restoration and management is still a priority for all who live, work, and play on our shorelines.  

While there are just three more weeks to register, this is shaping up to be one of our largest and most diverse Summits ever.  

We are particularly grateful to the dozens of organizations that have already sponsored this year’s Summit, as well.  

Our sponsors are a key component of the 2020 National Coastal & Estuarine Summit. They bring unique perspectives from the government, foundation, and corporate sectors. Simply put, without our sponsors, there would be no Summit.  

Additionally, their support proves that protection and restoration of estuaries and coasts is not the role of any one group, but rather a partnership among many stakeholders. Governments, NGO’s, citizens, and the private sector all must have a seat at the table to achieve our shared goal of healthy estuaries and bays for all 

We would like to thank the following organizations for their support of this year’s Summit:  

Lead Partners: Save the Bay – Narragansett Bay, Coastal States Organization 

Lead Sponsors: NOAA, Ørsted 

Principal Sponsors: The Curtis & Edith Munson Foundation, USDA – NRCS 

Executive Sponsors: Fuss & O’Neill, Honda Marine Science Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Nature Conservancy 

Patron Sponsors: Association of National Estuary Programs (ANEP), Anthropocene Coasts, Buzzards Bay Coalition, Capital Meeting Planning, Cargill, Ducks Unlimited, Eric Lutes Art, HDR, Island Foundation, Integrated Ocean Observing Systems, US Dept of Transportation – Federal Highway Administration, VHB 

Benefactor Sponsors: Blue Robotics, Environmental Science Associates, IRL Council, Moffatt & Nichol, National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), National Wildlife Federation (NWF), Reef Innovations/Reefball Foundation, Tetra Tech, The Ocean Foundation – SeaGrass Grow Program, Woods Hole Group 

Supporter Sponsors: American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA), BETA Group, Chesapeake Bay Program, Coastal & Estuarine Research Federation, Eureka Water Probes, J.F. Brennan Company, Restore the Mississippi River Delta 

Contributor Sponsors: TerraCarbon 

The 2020 Summit begins September 29thand there are still sponsorship opportunities available. If you are interested in sponsoring this year’s Summit, please reach out to Lance Speidell 

Register for the 2020 national Coastal & Estuarine Virtual Summit


Lance Speidell is the Senior Director of Development for Restore America’s Estuaries. He is based in Arlington, VA.