The Coastal Conservation League, a statewide environmental advocacy group based in Charleston, announced today executive director Laura Cantral will depart the organization effective Dec. 31 citing personal reasons.

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“It has been an honor to lead this incredible organization,” Cantral wrote in a memo. “When I arrived in late 2017, I knew I was stepping into a unique role — one of leader, manager, strategist, advocate, fundraiser and steward all rolled into one. I could not have known the challenges and opportunities we would face over the course of the last four years.”

Cantral took over leadership of the group from its founder, Dana Beach.

The league in a statement acknowledged Cantral for years of service to the Lowcountry, crediting her for a long legacy of accomplishments in conservation and environmental advocacy like victories in fights against offshore drilling, protection of Captain Sam’s Spit and Bay Point Island, working toward a resolution on Highway 41 construction in the Phillips community and more. Cantral also finished a $20 million campaign and oversaw a move to the group’s new office on Spring Street.

The league board of directors will be launching a nationwide search for a new executive director in the coming weeks. Interested candidates may contact Nancy Caraballo-Guerra at

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