Casi Callaway

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June 11: Casi Callaway

Casi Callaway; Executive Director of Mobile Baykeeper and Gulf Coast Regional Representative of Waterkeeper Alliance
Hometown: Mobile, AL
Education: Julius T. Wright and Emory University
Family: Her husband and her two-year-old son, Coleman Peter Callaway

Casi Callaway is from Mobile, Alabama. She is a board member of the international organization Waterkeeper Alliance. As Executive Director & Baykeeper of Mobile Baykeeper, Mrs. Callaway is responsible for coordinating public education, community organizing, research and fund-raising. Mobile Baykeeper has over 4,000 members, and deals with issues such as sewage, air toxics, mercury exposure, permit violations, industrial growth and other public health protection issues. She holds four gubernatorial appointments and serves on the boards of several local, state and regional environmental organizations.

As a well-known environmental organization in the Gulf Coast region, Mobile Baykeeper works on all environmental issues in the watershed that impact public health. In addition to helping the community deal with individual environmental concerns, Mobile Baykeeper works on local, regional and national issues. One of its biggest successes to date has been in preventing an onshore or open loop LNG facility from entering the Mobile Bay area. In addition, Mobile Baykeeper has completed a Water Quality Monitoring Database, is a founding member of the Mobile County Air Quality Study and helped found the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) Reform Coalition.

Mobile Baykeeper was founded in 1997 and became a member of the international organization Waterkeeper Alliance in 1999. Waterkeeper Alliance is a global environmental organization uniting more than 190 Waterkeeper programs around the world and focusing citizen advocacy on the issues that affect our waterways, from pollution to climate change.

Casi Callaway graduated from the last all-girls' class of Julius T. Wright and finished with a degree in Philosophy and Ecology from Emory University in Atlanta. She started in the environmental field as the Southeastern Regional College Campus Coordinator for Earth Day 1990, after being inspired by the Student Environmental Action Coalition conference in North Carolina. Mrs. Callaway's next environmental job was in Washington, D.C., for Clean Water Action. She worked on local, state and federal campaigns doing public education, researching political issues, lobbying at every level of government and fund-raising. Before leaving D.C., Mrs. Callaway attained the positions of the D.C. Field Canvass Director and the D.C. Office’s Florida Program Director.

She is thankful for the support of her husband and her two-year-old son, Coleman Peter Callaway. She wants him to be able to experience the joy of Alabama's beaches, the Mobile-Tensaw Delta and Mobile Bay.