Rebecca joined American Rivers in July 2016 as the Marketing and Communications Associate. She assists in managing American Rivers’ online presence, including the website, email campaigns, action alerts, and social media.
Prior to working for American Rivers, Rebecca was an Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education Fellow in the EPA’s Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds on their communications team, helping to manage their website conversion and social media. Rebecca was also the Chesapeake Conservation Corps volunteer at Potomac Conservancy, managing volunteer river cleanup events throughout the Potomac watershed.
Education: B.S. in Environmental Geology from the University of Mary Washington
Favorite River: Potomac River
River Story: Growing up in Alexandria, VA along the Potomac, it’s hard to miss the history of the area. I had George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate down the road and the nation’s capital up it. I grew up visiting historical points of interest, hiking around battlefields and skimming my way through historical placards, but while my history buff family was busy with the historical significance, I loved exploring the creeks and woods surrounding it all. I didn’t realize the important roles those streams and landscapes played in the DC metro region until my fluvial geomorphology class in college. I became fascinated with the ecological, geological, and environmental importance of river systems, especially in the Chesapeake Bay. After learning that nearly 90% of the DC metro area gets it’s drinking water from the Potomac, I knew I wanted to work in the environmental field protecting rivers. These days I have to hand it to George – he sure did know how to choose the perfect Potomac River view.