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Jen Adkins

Director, Clean Water Supply

Jen joined American Rivers in July 2020 to lead the Mid-Atlantic Clean Water Supply team in protecting and restoring clean water in two priority river systems: the Delaware River Watershed and Rivers of the Chesapeake. Prior to that, she served as the Executive Director of Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, a non-profit organization and National Estuary Program connecting people, science and nature for a healthy Delaware River and Bay. Jen has also held positions at The Nature Conservancy, the Land Trust Alliance and Brandywine Conservancy, in a career focused on rivers, and building strong organizations, partnerships, and plans to protect them. She enjoys leading creative and collaborative conservation efforts and building effective and productive working relationships with partners, large and small, across sectors to pursue common goals.

Education: B.S. in Economics and an M.P.A. in Environmental and Energy Policy from the University of Delaware.

Favorite River: Right now, the Christina River (but it changes!)

Favorite River Story: One of my most memorable times on a river was snorkeling for freshwater mussels in the Delaware River. It was a beautiful warm day, perfect for being in the water. It was so peaceful and the water was so clear we forgot that Philadelphia, Camden and millions of people, cars, etc. were just downstream around the bend. It reminded me that people everywhere deserve to experience their own wild rivers, and that that experience is within reach, even in places where we may least expect it.