Before coming on board with Oceana in August 2017, Brady founded and directed a nonprofit organization called Ocean Defense in Wilmington, NC.
He partnered with Oceana and others to strategically defeat plans for seismic testing and offshore drilling on the Atlantic Coast. As a passionate waterman and environmental activist, Brady has spent most of his life in water sports, marine biology studies, and ocean conservation. He graduated from UNC Wilmington with Honors in Marine Biology while managing several campaigns with UNCW ECO, and went on to study for a short time on the Great Barrier Reef. Along his journey, Brady has drawn upon conversations with a diversity of coastal residents, an intimate athletic connection with the ocean, and years of ecological studies to craft his own philosophy about humanity’s relationship with the ocean. He believes that human health, community empowerment, and ocean health are inseparable. As a competitive free diver and body surfer, he knows that the power of experience in the ocean can motivate us to protect it at all costs. Brady has also worked with Greenpeace Student Network and Actions team, Energy Action Coalition, Tar Sands Blockade, The Black Fish, Stop Titan Action Network, and many other groups and coalitions working to protect the climate and ocean. After flying over the BP Oil Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, Brady made a vow: to eliminate the threat of the oil industry at sea so that life can thrive and recover in the absence of airgun blasts and oil spills.