Paula Wolferseder Yabar joins American Rivers as Senior Vice President of Advancement

September 5, 2019

September 4, 2019

Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145

Washington – Non-profit leader Paula Wolferseder Yabar has joined American Rivers as Senior Vice President of Advancement.

Ms. Yabar has more than 30 years of fundraising and marketing experience at major institutions including the Council on Foundations, The Wilderness Society, the Pew Charitable Trusts, Smithsonian Institution and The Nature Conservancy. Most recently, she was Vice President for Development at Resources for the Future.

“Paula’s extensive fundraising expertise and leadership will help us achieve our vision ensuring everyone in this country has clean water and a healthy river. We are delighted to welcome her to American Rivers,” said Bob Irvin, President and CEO of American Rivers.

Ms. Yabar joins American Rivers as the organization launches a new strategic plan that prioritizes improving water security for people and the environment, strengthening communities in the face of climate impacts, and ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion in river conservation nationwide.

“I am thrilled to be joining an organization with such a strong track record protecting and restoring the rivers that are the veins and arteries of our country, vital to our well-being and survival. From clean drinking water to flood protection, American Rivers is advancing innovative solutions and addressing urgent issues that impact us all,” said Ms. Yabar.

A native of Rhode Island, she graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in geography and marine affairs and also holds an MBA from George Washington University.


American Rivers believes every community in our country should have clean water and a healthy river. Since 1973, we have protected wild rivers, restored damaged rivers and conserved clean water for people and nature. With headquarters in Washington, D.C. and field offices across the country, we are the most effective river conservation organization in the United States, delivering solutions that will last for generations to come.