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Simone Theriot Maloz

Executive Director of the Coastal Advocacy Non-profit Restore or Retreat

Over twelve years ago, Terrebonne Parish native Simone Theriot Maloz was hired as Executive Director of the coastal advocacy non-profit Restore or Retreat. Simone works daily on the local, state and federal levels to advocate for the needs of the disappearing Louisiana coast, specifically the Barataria and Terrebonne Basins. She has continuously worked on large scale and long term projects for the basins such as a major sediment and freshwater diversion and current restoration projects such as Davis Pond and Bayou Lafourche. Since the devastating hurricanes of 2005 and the 2010 oil spill, she has also been tracking the process of the different planning efforts underway and funding streams available, including the Natural Resources Damage Assessment Act (NRDA), Clean Water Act Penalties, the State’s Master Plan and the Louisiana Coastal Area Study projects, all to ensure the needs of the Barataria and Terrebonne Basins are being adequately met with the necessary sense of urgency in the face of what is at stake.

She was appointed by Governor Jindal to serve on the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration and Conservation in the summer of 2014, and is the Infrastructure and Governmental Affairs Co-Chair for the South Central Industrial Association, where she was honored with the Tillman Esteve Outstanding Member Award in 2010. She formerly served as Chair of the Lafourche Chamber of Commerce, and on the board of the Bayou Industrial Group. She is a graduate of both Leadership Louisiana and Leadership Lafourche, where she serves as a board member.

Before joining the organization, Simone worked as a Development Representative for the American Cancer Society and as Coordinator of Clinical Recruitment and Retention at Terrebonne General Medical Center in Houma. Simone is a graduate of Nicholls State University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication, where she received the Outstanding Public Relations Graduate award.

Simone, her husband Billy, and her two children live in Metairie. She plans on having the Louisiana coast continue to be where her family lives, works, and plays for decades and decades to come.

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