General News: New (and Some Familiar) Faces at the League

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The League welcomed new staff to our Clean Water Program and Communications Department this year – and recently announced the promotion of a staffer you already know!

Samantha Briggs

Samantha Briggs became the League’s Clean Water Program Director at the end of July. “Sam’s performance as the acting program director has been exemplary and her leadership, engagement, and energy are what we need to continue our important work on Save Our Streams and the League’s Clean Water Challenge,” said IWLA Conservation Director Jared Mott. “She has been a real asset to our staff and I’m looking forward to building on the positive momentum built by Sam and the water program staff.”

Rebecca Shoer

Rebecca Shoer is one of two new Save Our Streams Coordinators to join our staff. Rebecca is based out of the League’s headquarters in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and will be focused on supporting stream monitors across the mid-Atlantic region. She already has numerous Save Our Streams trainings under her belt and is working intensively to support volunteers with the Virginia Save Our Streams program.

Rebecca has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Williams College. Her previous work experience includes communications and outreach for the Society for Ecological Restoration; managing and training volunteers for Diamondback Terrapin Conservation and Sea Turtle Rescue projects at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary; and working in elephant conservation, education, and research with Think Elephants International.

Zach Moss

Zach Moss is our second new Save Our Streams Coordinator. Based in his home state of Iowa, Zach will be working with volunteer stream monitors throughout the Midwest. He has a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Central College in Iowa and a master’s degree in natural resources from the University of Idaho.

Zach’s previous work experience includes overseeing prairie management plans for the Hubbell Realty Company’s “Conservation Communities”; a stint as a wilderness ranger intern at the Frank Church Wilderness in Idaho; working as an environmental educator at the McCall Outdoor Science School; and researching potential environmental and economic benefits of restoring native prairie on agricultural land.

You can read more about the work Rebecca and Zach will be doing for the League in our “Clean Water Corner” column.

Janette Rosenbaum

Janette Rosenbaum joined the League early this year as Communications Associate to manage the League’s social media channels, website, and electronic newsletters. In this role, she is developing new content, working to build new audiences, and (most importantly) analyzing what works. Janette is also supporting League chapter leaders with web-based communications, including websites and social media channels.

Janette earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Mount Holyoke College and has a master’s degree in environmental science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. As part of her thesis work, Janette worked with Madison legislators to improve local laws related to native plant gardening. Prior to joining the League, she ran her own consulting firm, providing writing, editing, teaching, and research services for multiple clients. She volunteered for several years with 350 Madison, where she managed the group’s website and contributed to other communications work, including writing in-depth articles for the national organization’s newsletter on climate issues.

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