(Washington, DC) – American Rivers today announced that it has added four new members to its national board of directors. The new directors bring a wealth of expertise and diversity of experience to American Rivers, the leading organization fighting for healthy rivers so communities can thrive.
Victor Ashe (Knoxville, TN) served as Ambassador to the Republic of Poland from 2004 to 2009. Amb. Ashe’s history of public service includes serving 31 years in Tennessee state and city elective offices. In December 2003, Amb. Ashe completed an unprecedented 16 years as Mayor of Knoxville, the longest mayoral tenure in the city’s 216-year history. As mayor, he led the effort for waterfront development and increased the city’s network of greenways.
Anthony Williams (Washington, DC) served as Mayor of the District of Columbia from 1999 to 2007. Mr. Williams is currently the Executive Director of the Government Practice at The Corporate Executive Board. In addition to his role at CEB, Mayor Williams is also the Director of the State and Local Practice at Arent Fox LLP and the William H. Bloomberg Lecturer in Public Management at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Marie Ridder (Washington, DC) A noted conservationist, Ridder serves on the Executive Committee of the Piedmont Environmental Council and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and is a current member of the World Wildlife Fund Council, The Trust for Public Land. She previously served on the Brookings Institution Council, The National Parks Conservation and as Chairman of the Virginia Council on the Environment. A retired journalist, Ms. Ridder was editor for Conde Nast (Washington editor for Vogue, Mademoiselle, and Glamour magazines). She was a Washington correspondent for the Ridder and, later, Knight Ridder newspapers, and wrote for a wide variety of publications including The Washington Post and Boston Globe.
Brian Unmacht (Tacoma, WA) is Executive Vice President of Recreational Equipment, Inc (REI), an outdoor specialty retailer with $1.8 billion in sales, 10,000 employees and 4.2 million active members. Mr. Unmacht also serves on the board of directors for Bartell Drugs and the Outdoor Industry Association.
“We are delighted to have such dynamic and talented individuals joining our board,” said Rebecca Wodder, president of American Rivers. “They each bring a unique energy and perspective that will help us achieve our mission of protecting and restoring rivers nationwide.”
Healthy rivers are our lifeblood. They provide communities with clean water and are essential to our health, safety, economy, and quality of life. Healthy rivers also provide critical fish and wildlife habitat and unmatched fishing, boating and other recreation opportunities. American Rivers is currently spearheading a number of innovative river conservation projects across the country, including the removal of outdated dams to restore rivers and improve public safety; the creation of blueways (blue trails) to safeguard clean water and encourage recreation; and the promotion of 21st century green infrastructure to protect clean water supplies. American Rivers is also widely known for its annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers report.
American Rivers is the leading organization working to protect and restore the nation’s rivers and streams. Rivers connect us to each other, nature, and future generations. Since 1973, American Rivers has fought to preserve these connections, helping protect and restore more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and the annual release of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®.
Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 100,000 supporters, members, and volunteers nationwide. Visit www.americanrivers.org, www.facebook.com/americanrivers and www.twitter.com/americanrivers.