Stephen Heverly

Senior Director

Stephen Heverly brings 15 years of experience in environmental management, policy, and communications, helping organizations understand and adapt to trends, change policies, and tell their stories. 

 Stephen’s recent roles include leading strategic communications efforts for NOAA’s habitat conservation and restoration programs at ERT, Inc. He led NOAA’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill restoration communications in the Gulf of Mexico and his work spread from the Atlantic to the Pacific communicating the value of resilient coasts. 

 He’s also worked in local and regional spaces in sustainability reporting, waste management, energy, and water. He led a San Diego Councilmember’s environmental policy efforts, was the managing director of the former Equinox Center, a sustainability think tank, and worked on numerous political campaigns all in San Diego, California. Stephen also supported local waterkeepers and environmental organizations at a leading communications agency there. 

 Stephen likes adventure, so you might find him exploring Rock Creek Park here in the DMV or finding mountain peaks to bag out west. His passion for the environment comes from getting muddy in the rural swamps and woods of southeastern Michigan where he also learned to do his own laundry at an early age. He has a BSc in biology from Saginaw Valley State University, and earned a Certificate in Urban Leadership from the University of San Diego through the RISE San Diego Urban Fellows Program.  


  • Data – You can’t manage what you don’t measure. 
  • Strategy – There are so many tools and tactics in our communications toolboxes, let’s find those that fit the job. 
  • The Outdoors – Conserving and making nature accessible to everyone is the ultimate environmental education opportunity. 
  • Growth, curiosity, learning, and people. 

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