News: IWLA Welcomes New Staff

Duane Hovorka, Agriculture Program Director

Duane HovorkaDuane Hovorka joined the IWLA staff in May. As the League’s leader on agriculture issues, he will advocate for policies that conserve wetlands and other natural resources and promote sustainable agriculture. Duane has extensive experience in natural resource policy at the federal, state, and local levels. He consulted for wildlife and progressive farm organizations and served as Farm Bill outreach coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation. Most recently, he served as executive director of the Nebraska Wildlife Federation, leading the organization’s work to protect Nebraska’s rivers, promote clean energy solutions, and support policies that improve fish and wildlife habitat on farms and ranches. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Nebraska.

Scott Maxham, Clean Water Fellow

Scott MaxhamScott Maxham joined the League in June. As Clean Water Fellow, Scott will oversee the Creek Freaks program, which uses local waters as living classrooms to educate students about science, technology, and math. Scott graduated last year from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, with a degree in environmental science and policy. His studies included a semester of field work as part of the Coastal Studies program. Scott interned with the Fox Haven Organic Farm and Learning Center in Maryland, where he worked with youth to demonstrate stream quality indicators, and the North Branch Nature Center in Vermont, where he helped create and execute an invasive species plant management plan.