Restore America’s Estuaries opens search for new executive director

January 21, 2020
Restore America’s Estuaries
Arlington, VA

For Immediate Release

Contact: Katie McNerney
202-997-8992 | kmcnerney@leaderfit.org

Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) today announces its search for a new president and CEO.

After 12 years of extraordinary leadership, RAE’s current President & CEO, Jeff Benoit, has announced his plans to retire in May 2020. “There is hardly an aspect of the coastal conservation community that has not been touched by Jeff’s dedicated efforts to protect and restore the critical resources of our nation’s coasts and estuaries,” said Steve Dubiel, Chair of RAE’s Board of Directors. “This is an important transition for RAE and an opportunity to reflect on its successful 25-year history and identify an individual with the vision, experience, and skills to lead our next chapter,” Dubiel noted.  

To continue to advance RAE’s important work to ensure our nation’s coasts and estuaries remain healthy, resilient, and economically vibrant in the face of increasing climate change impacts, the Board of Directors seeks a seasoned executive leader with a demonstrated passion for our mission, relevant conservation expertise, and an ability to build and sustain successful relationships with partners and funders.  

The top candidate will also serve as the organization’s primary public spokesperson, ensure the organization’s financial health and operational efficiency, and manage a talented team. In addition, he or she will collaborate with the Board of Directors and key stakeholders across the legal and nonprofit community.    

The Board has engaged the executive search firm LeaderFit to manage the search. Potential candidates may submit their resume online here. All questions may be directed to Katie McNerney of LeaderFit.


Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) is a national nonprofit organization established in 1995. RAE leads a national alliance of ten coastal conservation organizations across the country dedicated to the protection and restoration of bays and estuaries as essential resources for our nation.