The Gulf of Mexico provides food, shelter, protection, security, energy, habitat, recreation, transportation, and navigation – playing an important role in our communities, states, region, and nation.  To highlight the value and the vitality of the Gulf of Mexico region, the Gulf of Mexico Alliance conceived an awareness campaign “Embrace the Gulf” for the entire year 2020. The awareness campaign will culminate in a multi-stakeholder, cross-sector celebration of the importance of the Gulf of Mexico throughout the year 2020.

Our partners are planning Paddle the Gulf. Students, help the organizers design a new logo.

Just a few exciting things that are in the planning stages –

  • A Celebration Gala!
    Gulf of Mexico Alliance “Founding Fathers” will be hosting our keynote speakers Governors Haley Barbour, Jeb Bush, and Rick Perry.
  • Positive Gulf Messages
    One for every day of the year.
  • Proclamations
    States are declaring 2020 the year to Embrace the Gulf.

We’re just getting started. We hope you’ll join us.

Gulf of Mexico Alliance


St Petersburg, FL joins Embrace The Gulf Campaign!

SPI Signed Resolution

South Padre Island, Texas 
becomes the first city in Texas to pass an Embrace the Gulf proclamation.

Ocean Springs, Mississippi becomes the first city to pass an Embrace the Gulf proclamation.
Texas Passes Joint Resolution Recognizing 2020 as “The Year to Embrace the Gulf.”
Read more.
Mississippi House Passes HR33
Read more.
Alabama House Passes HJR127 Proclaiming 2020 as the “Year to Embrace the Gulf” and Recognize the Gulf of Mexico’s Importance to the Nation.
Get a copy of the bill.

Meet our core Working Group

Laura Bowie, Executive Director Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA)

Melissa Pringle, Allen Engineering and Science, Inc. (AllenES)
Coastal Resilience & Water Resources Teams, Business Advisory Council (BAC)

Matt Stout, Chief of Staff, NOAA National Marine Sanctuary System

Angela Sallis, Outreach Coordinator, NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information

Jamie Letendre, FL DEP – Florida Coastal Office, Aquatic Preserves
GOMA Education & Engagement State Lead for Florida

Melissa McGee-Collier, MS DEQ Office of Community Engagement
GOMA Education & Engagement State Lead for Mississippi

Kim Caviness, MS DEQ Water Quality Standards Program
GOMA Team and State Lead Water Resources Team

Rhonda Price, MS DMR Coastal Restoration and Resilience
GOMA Team Lead for Coastal Resilience Team

Mike Smith, Harte Research Institute
GOMA Wildlife and Fisheries Team Coordinator

Susan Testroet-Bergeron, Director Barataria Terrebonne National Estuary Program
Long investment in GOMA since its early days

Jace Tunnell – Director Mission Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve
GOMA Education and Engagement Team, Marine Debris Cross-Team Initiative

Katie Wallace, Florida Department of Environmental Protection
GOMA Data and Monitoring Team Coordinator

Keala Hughes, Director of Tribal Relations/ External Affairs Specialist
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (RESTORE Council)

LaKeshia Robertson, Life Scientist, EPA Gulf of Mexico Program
GOMA Education & Engagement Team Federal Co-Facilitator

Lee Yokel, Dauphin Island Sea Lab
GOMA Education and Engagement Team Coordinator, GOMA Communications

Christina Mohrman, Program Manager GOMA

Becky Ginn, Development Director GOMA

Devany Tyler, Events Coordinator GOMA

Brandon Hill, AECOM
Embrace the Gulf State Champion, Texas

Alma Robicheaux Jackson, BTNEP
Embrace the Gulf State Champion, Louisiana

Chris Simoniello, GCOOs
Embrace the Gulf State Champion, Florida

Angela Levins, Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Embrace the Gulf State Champion, Alabama

Patric Harper, US Fish and Wildlife Service