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Mr. Schwartz serves as the Marine Debris Program Manager for the California Coastal Commission, the agency charged with protection and regulation of the state’s 1,100-mile coastline. In this capacity, he has served as the technical expert for the agency, advising state and local governments, non-profit organizations, and members of industry on actions and programs that can reduce the causes of marine debris. Mr. Schwartz served as advisor and author for the California Ocean Protection Council’s Resolution on Marine Debris. The resolution, passed in February 2007, is the most comprehensive policy statement on marine debris in California’s history. He also serves as the primary media liaison for the program, responsible for over 400 news, radio, and television placements each year, as well as assisting in raining over $150,000 annually from corporate partners for the program’s budget. Prior to the Coastal Commission, Mr. Schwartz worked with the Sierra Club as a local Coordinator, Development Associate, and Grant Proposal Writer for the National Organization, where he was responsible for winning over $1.5 million in grant awards. He attended Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a minor in Film Studies.