American Rivers announces three additions to Board of Directors

April 9th, 2013

Amy Kober, 503-708-1145

Washington, DC – American Rivers today announced that three new members were elected to its board of directors. The new directors bring a wealth of expertise and diversity of experience to American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization.

Jaime A. Pinkham (St. Paul, MN) is Vice President for the Bush Foundation and leads their Native Nations work. He has spent the majority of his career advocating for tribal sovereignty, treaty rights, and self-determination. Pinkham has twice been elected to the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee. For 12 years he managed the tribe’s natural resource efforts, which included gray wolf reintroduction, reacquiring ancestral lands, water rights negotiations, and salmon recovery. He has also worked for the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission and the Trust for Public Land. Pinkham currently serves on the Governing Council of The Wilderness Society. He earned a B.S. in Forest Management from Oregon State University.

David Schmitt (Crittenden, KY) is an environmental attorney and has been a member of the Cincinnati-based law firm of Cors & Bassett, LLC since 1991. He has served as counsel in several pieces of major Superfund and hazardous waste litigation representing state government, private industry and citizen groups. He also specializes in representing private and public sector clients in the redevelopment of brownfields areas for industrial, commercial, and residential purposes and has worked on numerous such projects in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana.

Schmitt currently serves as the Chair of the Grant County Kentucky Solid Waste Management District Board, is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Kentucky Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and the Board of Directors of the Ohio Environmental Council. He earned a B.S. in Biology at Marietta College and a Master of Science in Forestry from the University of Maine at Orono, and has conducted forestry research in Maine and Haiti. He holds a J.D. from the University of Cincinnati.

Kimberley Milligan (Nevada City, CA) is an attorney who has advocated for domestic violence victims, families, and children. After working as an associate at Morrison & Foerster, she transitioned to the nonprofit community, becoming Legal Director for the Center for Domestic Violence Prevention in San Mateo County. A whitewater kayaker, she served on the board of the South Yuba River Citizens League for seven years including as board president and as the organization’s interim executive director. She holds a B.A. from Stanford University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.

“We are delighted to have these three dynamic and talented individuals joining our board,” said Bob Irvin, president of American Rivers. “They each bring a passion for rivers, unique local and regional perspectives, and tremendous energy that will help us achieve our mission of protecting and restoring rivers nationwide.”


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About American Rivers

About American Rivers

American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature. Since 1973, American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and the annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® campaign. Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 200,000 members, supporters, and volunteers.

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