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John Charles is the Development Director at Consortium for Ocean Leadership, leading the organization’s development operation by stewarding existing and cultivating new foundation, corporate and individual donor relationships for COL’s various ocean programs. A D.C. native, John received his BA from Middlebury College in Vermont and an MA in English from Georgetown University. Previously John was the Development Director at 2020 Vision, a climate and energy security advocacy organization, and Business Development Director at Alba Environmental, a brownfield remediation firm providing legal, brokering and consulting services.
When not communicating COL’s fascinating research and education programs broadly to new audiences, John spends his winters coaching his kids’ hockey teams and summers watching them surf on mid-Atlantic beaches and wakeboard on New England lakes.