Sydney Coffee joined the America's Wetland Foundation (AWF) in early 2008 as senior advisor. Prior to that, Coffee headed the Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities under Governor Kathleen Blanco and chaired the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) of Louisiana. In this position, Coffee helped lead creation of the state's Master Plan for Coastal Restoration and Protection and the reorganization of state government to more comprehensively address coastal restoration and protection efforts. While serving Governor Mike Foster, Coffee worked in Washington, DC, on legislation to fund and authorize the state’s coastal restoration efforts, including the sharing of Federal offshore oil and gas revenues with coastal producing states. She also directed the state’s efforts on the America's WETLAND Campaign.