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Justin Ehrenwerth

President & CEO, The Water Institute of the Gulf

Justin R. Ehrenwerth took the helm as President and CEO of The Water Institute of the Gulf in early 2017.

Ehrenwerth served as the Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council created in the aftermath of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Council is comprised of the Governors of five Gulf Coast States and Secretaries from six Federal agencies. Ehrenwerth successfully established the Council as the newest independent agency in the Federal government.

Prior to joining the Council, Ehrenwerth served as Chief of Staff to the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce where he assisted the Secretary and Deputy Secretary. Ehrenwerth focused on strategic opportunities and management challenges facing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the International Trade Administration.

Previously, Ehrenwerth served as Assistant Counsel to the President where he took the lead on Deepwater Horizon litigation for the White House working with the Department of Justice. He also served as a member of the Oversight and Litigation group representing the White House in Congressional investigations and advising Federal agencies on oversight matters.

He has been active in the non-profit sector having worked at the University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics and the Northern California Grantmakers. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Coro Center for Civic Leadership.
Ehrenwerth is a summa cum laude graduate of Colby College and holds an MA in philosophy, politics and economics from the University of Oxford and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

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