Peter was an inspiration to countless people and a true champion for California’s extraordinary coast. In Peter’s honor and memory, the Peter Douglas Coastal Fellowship Fund has been created to promote public service and cultivate the next generation of coastal stewards in California. Funds will be used to place a diverse group of talented individuals in mentored fellowships at the California Coastal Commission.
The California Marine Sanctuary Foundation administers the fund on behalf of the California Coastal Commission, as a nonprofit partner.
Learn more about Mr. Douglas below.
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Peter Douglas was the California Coastal Commission’s third and longest-serving Executive Director. He was a key player in the drafting and passage of Proposition 20 (the Coastal Initiative) in 1972, as well as the California Coastal Act of 1976, which created the Coastal Commission. Mr. Douglas retired as Executive Director of the California Coastal Commission in November 2011 passed away in April 2012.
Peter was a devote believer in Joseph Campbell’s advice that the way to live one’s life is to follow your bliss. His bliss, as well as his passion and avocation were environmental stewardship.
During his 34-year tenure at the Coastal Commission, Peter earned the love, respect and loyalty of his staff, and served as an inspiration to environmental advocates and stewards statewide and beyond. Peter’s commitment and vision for the California coast as a precious and irreplaceable resource for everyone never wavered.
When asked if he had any idea when he started out what sort of a legacy he would create and leave for the people of this state, his reply was, “Absolutely not. I never thought about it. I just thought it was noble work, and I wanted to make a difference.