American Rivers announces Adam Schellhammer as Mid-Atlantic Regional Director

September 13, 2023

Contact: Amy Souers Kober, 503-708-1145 

American Rivers announced today that Adam Schellhammer is joining the organization as its new Mid-Atlantic Regional Director. Schellhammer has more than a decade of experience in regional and international conservation, with a focus on managing and implementing programs to improve environmental health and climate resilience. 

“Rivers are vital to the Mid-Atlantic region’s health, environment, and economy. Yet the region’s rivers and clean water face unprecedented threats. Adam has what it takes to advance our vision and secure lasting solutions for clean water, abundant wildlife, and safe, healthy communities. We are thrilled to welcome him to the American Rivers team,” said Heather Taylor-Miesle, Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Regional Conservation.  

Schellhammer is Associate Board Director of the Augusta County Soil and Water Conservation District. Most recently, he served as executive director of Valley Conservation Council, based in Staunton, Virginia. Previous roles included District Manager of the Monroe County Conservation District in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, and Healthy Waters Team Manager with the Wai Ora Partnerships, Auckland Council, in New Zealand. 

“Rivers provide the foundation of our existence, and protecting rivers is fundamental to our ability to survive and thrive as a species,” Schellhammer said. “I am so excited to have the opportunity to join an organization that understands the immense value of America’s waterways, ready to tackle the challenges that lie before us.”  

Schellhammer will start at American Rivers on September 18. He will be based in Waynesboro, Virginia. 

About American Rivers  

American Rivers is championing a national effort to protect and restore all rivers, from remote mountain streams to urban waterways. Healthy rivers provide people and nature with clean, abundant water and natural habitat. For 50 years, American Rivers staff, supporters, and partners have shared a common belief: Life Depends on Rivers. For more information, please visit