Rebecca Wodder

Past President (1994-2011)

Rebecca Wodder served as President and CEO of American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization since 1995, from 1994 to 2011 — successfully directing strategic, programmatic and financial operations, resulting in an eight-fold increase in revenue, a four-fold growth in staff, and establishment of more than a dozen field offices delivering conservation services to communities across America. Under her leadership, American Rivers helped dozens of communities transform their rivers from liabilities to assets, through innovative conservation measures like the creation of river trails, the removal of obsolete and dangerous dams, and the implementation of green infrastructure solutions to safeguard clean water.

During her long tenure, American Rivers has led many successful collaborations with federal, state, tribal, and local governments, business and industry, and grassroots organizations to achieve consensus solutions to competing interests in rivers and freshwater resources. Under her direction, the organization has developed effective public education and involvement programs, such as America’s Top Ten Most Endangered Rivers and the National River Cleanup. Ms. Wodder served as Conservation Chair of the National Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commemoration, and played a leadership role in developing the American Heritage Rivers Initiative. In 2010, she was recognized as a Top 25 Outstanding Conservationists by Outdoor Life Magazine, and was named Woman of the Year by the American Sportfishing Association in 1998.

From 1981 to 1994, Ms. Wodder served in several different capacities at The Wilderness Society. As Vice President for Organizational Development, she was responsible for organizational development and strategic planning. As Vice President for Membership, Marketing and Development, Ms. Wodder managed all aspects of raising annual operating revenue and capital reserve funds for a 400,000-member national conservation organization. As Director of Alaska Programs, she had responsibility for all conservation campaigns involving Alaska public lands. Ms. Wodder helped found EarthShare, a workplace giving campaign for environmental causes.

Rebecca Wodder served as President and CEO of American Rivers, the nationÉ__s leading river conservation organization from 1994-2011, successfully directing strategic, programmatic and financial operations, resulting in an eight-fold increase in revenue, a four-fold growth in staff, and establishment of more than a dozen field offices delivering conservation services to communities across America.

Prior to joining The Wilderness Society, Ms. Wodder was Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson (WI) on environmental and energy issues, from 1978-1980, participating in negotiations on water and energy resource development programs and projects, and the Alaska Lands Act. During graduate school, she directed a recreation and resource study of the Lower St. Croix National Wild and Scenic River for the states of Wisconsin and Minnesota and the National Park Service. Ms. Wodder began her career as an Environmental Planner for the Leo A. Daly Company, Architects, Engineers and Planners, preparing environmental impact statements and developing environmental components of large-scale engineering projects.

Ms. Wodder holds a B.A. in Biology and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Kansas, graduating With Highest Distinction. She also holds an M.S. in Landscape Architecture and an M.S. in Water Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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