Mike has served as the Program Director of the NBEP since February 2019. In this role he oversees all program operations and leads the development and implementation of science-based, community-driven partnerships and initiatives that enhance water quality and the resilience of climate impacted habitats in the Narragansett Bay estuary and its watershed in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Mike has more than twenty-five years’ experience in ecosystem-based planning and restoration, facilitation and collaborative governance, and public policy. Through scientist and management positions with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Sustainable Northwest, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and state and federal government he has advanced the study and recovery of imperiled coastal systems across the U.S. Mike is deeply committed to working in concert with those whose livelihood and culture are tied to the land and water of 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 deep roots in New England, Mike is an avid outdoorsman and indoorsman, enjoying mountain biking, skiing, Major League Baseball, independent music, and exploring the world with his chocolate lab Moka.

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