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Peter Raabe

Senior Director, Rivers of the Southeast Appalachia and the Carolinas

Area of Focus: Peter leads American Rivers’ work in the Southeast Region supporting the team of Conservation experts working in the region. He focuses on state level policy in the areas of water quality and quantity and restoring natural function to rivers. His work advocates for integrating more natural solutions into our landscape to manage polluted stormwater run-off and using the limited clean water available in the state in the most efficient way practicable.

Background: Peter joined American Rivers in September 2001. He started as the River Restoration Finance Associate, developing and coordinating American River’s river restoration granting program. In 2002, he took on responsibilities for coordinating and advocating for American Rivers federal appropriations priorities including leading national environmental community’s work on the federal budget as a chair of the Green Group Budget and Appropriations Committee. He moved to North Carolina in 2007 and lead the advocacy in the state for healthy rivers.

Previously, he worked for River Network in Washington, D.C. focusing on organizational development and policy coordination of watershed groups throughout the country. Peter also brings with him experience as a staffer in the U.S. Senate working in Senator John Breaux’s (D-LA) office, political organizing and lobbying experience with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and experience from political campaigns in Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

He is on the board of directors of the Eno River Association serving as Vice President. He previously served on the board of the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association, the Cape Fear River Assembly, and as Board Chair for the North Carolina Conservation Network.

Education: B.A. in American Government and Environmental Studies specializing in watershed protection from Franklin and Marshall College

Favorite River: The Mississippi River, near the mouth of the river