Serena McClain

Director, River Restoration, Federal Grants

Serena facilitates and manages river restoration activities in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, working with stakeholders to demonstrate how to enhance safety and quality of life by restoring the natural function of rivers. She also manages our federal grant programs with the NOAA Restoration Center and the EPA.

Serena joined American Rivers in 2001. Prior to that, she was an account executive with Porter Novelli, where she developed media and marketing strategies for a number of associations and issue-oriented campaigns. While at Porter Novelli, Serena also took a leave of absence and served as a political media consultant on the Gore-Lieberman presidential campaign.

B.A. in Political Science from Angelo State University

San Marcos River


Blog Posts By This Author

Seeing *is* believing

Working out of our headquarters office doesn’t always provide as many opportunities to actually get out in the field as some of us would like. However, I do feel blessed that my position with the River Restoration program gives me more chances than mos… Read more »

Fall for Restoration

The crispness of the air and nature’s color explosion make fall my favorite season. I always feel more in tune with nature during the fall, as I begin to plan fall hikes along my local rivers. Fall is also the harvest season for certain crops and, for… Read more »