Mike has been the Program Director of NBEP since February 2019. In this role he oversees all program operations and fosters partnerships, scientific inquiry, and community-driven actions that restore and protect the watersheds of the Narragansett Bay region.

Mike has more than twenty-five years’ experience in water science and policy, collaborative governance, large landscape restoration, and conservation advocacy. Through scientist and management positions with nonprofits, government agencies, and consultants he has advanced the study and recovery of coastal watersheds across the U.S., including the iconic Chesapeake Bay, Columbia River, and Klamath River systems. Mike brings patience and empathy to his engagement with people on the frontline whose quality of life is tied to the land and water in their place.

Mike holds a Master’s in Environmental Sciences from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s in Biology from the University of Richmond. He is also a graduate of the Virginia Natural Resource Leadership Institute at the University of Virginia’s Institute of Environmental Negotiation.

A native of Syracuse, NY, with roots in New England, Mike is an avid outdoorsman and indoorsman, enjoying mountain biking, baseball, independent music, animal rescue, and every minute spent with his chocolate lab Moka.

Mike Gerel NBEP program director in field with dog
Email: mike.gerel@nbep.org
Phone: (401) 633-0552