Dean A. Wilson
Captain Dean A. Wilson is our Executive Director and Basinkeeper. American born, Dean grew up in Spain but came to Louisiana in 1984 en route to the Amazon. After living in the Basin’s deep swamps for 4 months with only a spear, a few hooks, a bow and arrows, Dean fell in love with the swamps, lakes, bayous and rivers of the Atchafalaya Basin. Dean chose to stay in the Basin, working as a commercial fisherman before forming Basinkeeper in 2004, a proud member of the Waterkeeper Alliance. Dean's passion for the Basin is evident to all who know him. When he is not out patrolling or educating communities about the Basin and its many threats and treasures, he works with his family-owned and operated swamp tour business, Last Wilderness Swamp Tours.
Misha Mitchell is our Staff Attorney and Interim Development Director. Misha attended the University of Alabama School of Law where she interned with various environmental organizations in Alabama. With a passion for public interest work and environmental law, she joined ABK in 2016. Misha oversees our legal campaigns and advocacy work to ensure that environmental laws are enforced and followed for the health of the Basin and its communities.