After decades of effort, the voluntary, collaborative approach to restoring the health and vitality of the Chesapeake Bay— the largest estuary in the United States—has not worked and, in fact, is failing. A diverse group of 57 senior scientists and policymakers have joined forces to save the Bay. This is our plan.

Ed Hatcher

With Jeanne McCann, Ed Hatcher is co-editor of the Chesapeake Bay Action Plan blog. Ed is president of The Hatcher Group, a full service communications firm that works with foundations and non-profits to advance progressive social change. The Hatcher Group’s clients include many environment and Chesapeake Bay organizations.

Ed founded The Hatcher Group in fall 2000 after more than 15 years experience in the media and legislative arenas. Prior to forming The Hatcher Group, he served as a senior associate at Burness Communications, where he worked with national foundations to disseminate their findings to policymakers and journalists. He has served as chief of staff to U.S. Representatives Jane Harman (D-Calif.) and Robert T. Matsui (D-Calif.) and press secretary to U.S. Senator George Mitchell (D-Me.) and U.S. Rep. Robin Britt (D-N.C.). He spent three years as director of public affairs for the American Sociological Association.

Early in his career, he worked as a reporter at United Press International and several North Carolina newspapers. He is a former president of the Association of House Democratic Press Secretaries, volunteer communications director for Citizens Against the Stadium in Alexandria, Va., and a fellow at the Capitol Hill Historical Society.

Ed holds a bachelor’s degree in English and history from Duke University, a master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism, and is ABD in American history at the University of Maryland, College Park. He and his wife Angie have a house in Rock Hall, Maryland and are members of the Chester River Association.

E-mail Ed here.