American Rivers Appoints New President

Bob Irvin, current Senior Vice President for Conservation at Defenders of Wildlife, has been named the new President of American Rivers.

June 13th, 2011

Amy Kober, 503-708-1145

American Rivers, the nation’s leading voice for healthy rivers and clean water, announced today that following an extensive six-month search, William Robert (Bob) Irvin, current Senior Vice President for Conservation at Defenders of Wildlife, has been named the new President of American Rivers, succeeding Rebecca Wodder. Irvin will begin as President and CEO on July 18, 2011.

Following is a statement from Swep Davis, newly elected Chair of American Rivers’ Board of Directors:

“I am pleased to announce that the board of directors has selected Bob Irvin to succeed Rebecca Wodder as President of American Rivers. Bob brings to the position a terrific combination of wildlife conservation experience, development, and senior management skills, gained during his more than 30 years of experience in the environmental field. American Rivers has been very fortunate to have had Rebecca Wodder as our President and CEO since 1995. Under her leadership, American Rivers has grown in size and impact, and has become a formidable force in the conservation movement.”

Following is a statement from Bob Irvin, the new President of American Rivers:

“It is a great honor to be chosen to lead such a strong, effective, and vital organization as American Rivers. I am excited to carry forward the work that has grown under Rebecca Wodder’s distinguished leadership and I am grateful to the board for giving me this opportunity. American Rivers has a tremendous team of staff across the country and I look forward to working with them as we make American Rivers even more effective as the nation’s leading voice for healthy rivers and clean water. I have many wonderful memories of days spent paddling, floating, and fishing rivers with my family and friends, so I am eager to bring my conservation passion and experience to the task of leading American Rivers.”

Following is a statement from Rebecca Wodder, out-going President of American Rivers:

“It has been a wonderful privilege and joy to lead American Rivers since 1995. I am proud of all that we have accomplished for the nation’s rivers, clean water, and communities. This is an exciting new chapter for the organization and I know American Rivers – and America’s rivers – will thrive under Bob’s leadership.”


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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 an 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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