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Wendy McDermott

Director, Rivers of Puget Sound and Columbia Basin

Wendy joined American Rivers in 2013. Prior to American Rivers, Wendy worked for San Juan Citizens Alliance as their River Program Director in Durango, Colorado, from 2011-2013. She was the Executive Director of High Country Citizens’ Alliance (now High Country Conservation Advocates) in Crested Butte, Colorado from 2003-2009 and was their Outreach and Administrative Director from 2001-2003. Wendy also was a river instructor for the Colorado Outward Bound School from 1998-2001.

In 2008, Wendy took a three-month Sabbatical to Chile to volunteer with Conservación Patagoníca. While in Chile, she spent time working with the Patagonia Sin Represas (Patagonia Without Dams) Campaign to prevent five new mega-hydroelectric dams on the Baker and Pascua Rivers. She also worked on restoration projects at the new Patagonia National Park founded by Doug and Kris Tompkins. Wendy has served on the boards of The Maya Nut Institute, Colorado Rivers Alliance, FutaFriends, and Rock the Earth.

Wendy works to protect Washington state’s wild rivers by working with local citizens, businesses, recreation and conservation organizations, and elected officials to build support for permanent protections such as Wild and Scenic River designations.

Wendy has an M.S. Cultural and Environmental Resource Management, Central Washington University; B.A. Biology, Western State College of Colorado