Judges Spotlight: Dave Westerholm

Judges Spotlight: Dave Westerholm
Hey Everyone! Last but not least, our final judge in the Judges Spotlight Series: Dave Westerholm! As someone who is dedicated to the prevention of marine debris and who actively works to protect coastal and marine resources, Dave was a clear choice when it came to adding his vast experience to our Judging Panel. Dave is currently serving as the Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA's) Office of Response and Restoration. He oversees an Emergency Response Program that includes Scientific Support Coordinators who directly support Coast Guard Federal On Scene Coordinators with environmental data, modeling, preparedness aids and training. As the primary federal trustee, his Restoration Program is responsible for protecting coastal and marine resources, mitigating threats, reducing harm, assessing damage and restoring ecological function under the Clean Water Act, CERCLA and the Oil Pollution Act. He also manages the Marine Debris Program, a multiagency effort devoted to prevention, education and mitigation of the hazards of persistent marine debris. Prior to NOAA, Dave had several years of corporate experience as both Senior Operations Director and Vice President for Maritime Security, Policy and Communications for Anteon Corporation and General Dynamics. He is a retired Coast Guard Captain with more than 27 years of experience where he specialized in marine safety, security and environmental protection. Thank you for providing your knowledge and expertise to the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X CHALLENGE. We are excited to see more from you in the coming weeks as field testing begins at OHMSETT. More later, Alex at X PRIZE

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