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Mandy Hughes

Senior Director of Philanthropy

Mandy joined the American Rivers team in 2014. In her role as Senior Director of Philanthropy, she works throughout the Colorado Basin, Northern Rockies, and Pacific Northwest, connecting individual donors with our conservation work. Bringing over 15 years of development experience to her leadership role of our Philanthropic team, Mandy has worked with the Women’s Foundation of Colorado, KIPP Colorado Schools and The Salvation Army and served on the boards of the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative and the Colorado Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Before moving to Denver, Mandy spent nearly 20 years working on her family’s dairy farm in south Louisiana. Her love of the outdoors motivates her professionally and personally. In her free time, she can be found road biking, hiking 14ers and paddling/fishing Colorado’s rivers and streams.

Education: Southeastern Louisiana University: B.A., Cultural Resource Management; and MBA

Favorite River: Mississippi

Personal Story: I spent 18 days in the Grand Canyon in 2010. It was a wonderful, life changing experience and is why I am so thankful to be with American Rivers.