Chante Coleman

Regional Network: 
Chesapeake Regional Network
Class Year: 
2017
Position: 
Director
Organization: 
Choose Clean Water Coalition/National Wildlife Federation
Location: 
Annapolis, MD

As the Director for the Choose Clean Water Coalition, Chante leads the Coalition’s work to protect the Chesapeake Bay by bringing together 200+ organizations in the watershed, which includes Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia, New York, and the District of Columbia.  Chante focuses on planning and development of grassroots/grasstops outreach, political strategy, federal policy and analysis, lobbying, media outreach, organizing conferences and workshops, research, writing and fundraising.

Chante attended California Western School of Law where she graduated Cum Laude and completed a one year internship in the legal clinic at San Diego Coastkeeper focusing on public health harms; the Clean Water Act/water pollution (specifically TMDLs); threats to species in San Diego (specifically lobster); expanding enforcement in marine protected areas; and water recycling/drought initiatives.  Chante has her bachelors degree in Sociology from Princeton University.   

Chante completed an intensive biology course focused on coral reefs at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences.  She also studied International Environmental Law at the Heidelberg Center for Latin America in Santiago, Chile.

Growing up in San Diego, Chante’s passion for clean water started at a very young age.  She learned to swim before she could walk; she began surfing at age twelve; and she became a certified scuba diver a few years after that.  She has been scuba diving in many interesting places all over the world including Jamaica, Bermuda, and Easter Island.