A graduate of the Coast Guard Academy, Ed has been involved in the media affairs, pollution response, environmental safety and contingency planning for over 20 years. As the public information officer for the Coast Guard's 17th District he set up the federal Joint Information Center during the emergency phase of the Exxon Valdez spill response. Later, Ed was assigned to that Marine Safety Office where he helped develop and implement changes to emergency response operations. After leaving the Coast Guard he worked for the Department of Interior where he established the safety program for volunteers working in remote locations. He currently serves as the Emergency Services Supervisor for a large oil company operating on the North Slope of Alaska.
Ed is a technical committee member for Emergency Film Group's series of training videos, Oil Spill Response.