Serena McClain

Director, River Restoration, Federal Grants

Serena has worked in the river restoration field for more than thirteen years, focusing largely on dam removal planning. McClain works with regional and national stakeholders to demonstrate how to enhance safety, quality of life and economic development by restoring the natural function of rivers and utilizes her communications and policy expertise to ensure that local communities and key decision-makers are aware of the opportunities available to them and are equipped with the tools necessary to aid them in those decisions.

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 »