Steve Cochran began leading Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition in 2014. He is also in his 22nd year at the Environmental Defense Fund, now serving as Associate Vice President of Coastal Resilience. After growing up in Louisiana, Steve joined EDF in Washington DC in 1997, where he has served in a number of roles. Prior to EDF, Steve served in government and non-profit roles at the local, state and federal levels. Steve received his B.S. from Louisiana State University in 1976. He began his career in the private sector in Louisiana, spending five years negotiating oil and gas leases for an independent energy exploration firm. He makes his home in New Orleans, Louisiana. Steve is involved in a number of community activities including acting as a Founding Board Chair and current board member for New Harmony High School, a child centered charter school in New Orleans, focused on coastal issues in Louisiana.