The Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors has promoted Debra Talbot as head of the new Boating Section of the department.

Beaches and Harbors spokeswoman Carol Baker said that one of the department’s strategic goals has been to establish a Boating Section, and that in a major step toward achieving that goal, Talbot will engage in a variety of efforts aimed at building a thriving boating community in Marina del Rey.

“A boater for nearly 50 years and a 25-year resident of Marina del Rey, Debbie has been with DBH since 2002, serving as a senior marketing analyst in the Community and Marketing Services Division,” Baker said. “Debbie has played a leadership role in many of the department’s strategic communications efforts, creating the Beaches and Harbors Communications Strategy, the Los Angeles Beach Guide and the Marina del Rey Boater’s Guide.

“She has served as the department’s public information officer and helped launch and maintain DBH’s social media platforms. In addition to managing Anchorage 47 as well as mast-up and dry storage facilities, Debbie’s new position will continue to entail the use of multi-media communications and collaborative efforts with boaters and boating entities to further the Boating Section’s objectives,” Baker noted.

“Since 2004, Debbie has been the project manager for the highly successful Marina del Rey WaterBus that has shuttled over 200,000 riders since its inception and garnered a National Association of Counties Achievement Award. Since 1999, Debbie has served on the board of directors for the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade and was appointed vice president in 2002.”

Among many maritime-related activities, Talbot joined the largest yacht charter operator in Marina del Rey, FantaSea Yacht Charters, to charter her sailboat and joined the Catalina Fleet of Santa Monica Bay in 1995. She has been a member of the California Yacht Club since 2009 and currently serves on the board of directors for the Marina del Rey Historical Society.

Baker said that prior to joining Beaches and Harbors, Talbot “worked in the private sector for over 20 years in corporate crisis communications, public relations, marketing and television production.” Her client roster included Beaches and Harbors, for whom she helped promote the summer concert series via cable TV ads that helped garner a corporate sponsor.

As a collegiate athlete, Talbot set a women’s lacrosse record for a goalkeeper with the most saves against an opponent – 31 against Penn State University – that still stands today, Baker said.