President & CEO

President & CEO

American Rivers

Flexible Location (Washington, DC, Preferred)   |   October 19, 2020

About American Rivers

Since 1973, American Rivers has been the voice and guardian of the nearly three million miles of rivers across our nation and is the most trusted and influential river conservation organization in the United States. It is supported by 355,000 supporters, members and volunteers, and has an annual budget of $22 million.

The mission of American Rivers is to protect wild rivers, restore damaged river ecosystems, and conserve clean water for people and nature. With positions informed by science, the organization combines national advocacy with field work in key river basins to deliver the greatest impact. American Rivers works closely with business and agriculture interests, recreation groups and government agencies, as well as people historically excluded from decision-making processes including Black, Latino and Indigenous communities, to forge durable, lasting solutions. American Rivers has a long track record building consensus around a vision and serving as a catalyst for substantive change. It is committed to advancing this work through a deep commitment to Diversity Equity and Inclusion.

The organization’s 79 staff are leaders in their fields, delivering a powerful mix of policy, technical, scientific and communications expertise. Equally at home on a streamside trail and in the halls of Congress, they are passionate advocates, pragmatic problem solvers and dedicated partners. American Rivers’ team works from its Washington, DC headquarters, and in its regional offices in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Great Lakes, Midwest, Southwest, Northern Rockies, California and Pacific Northwest regions. American Rivers supports the realistic needs for flexibility around work location, and as such, this role is flexible on location, although DC-based is preferred.

The 25-member Board of Directors provides strategic vision and stewardship for the organization and ensures financial health and fiscal oversight.

The Opportunity

This is a remarkable opportunity for an outstanding leader to join the nation’s leading river conservation organization and to transform the future of clean water and healthy rivers for all.

The President and CEO will be responsible for carrying out American Rivers’ consistent achievement of its strategic plan. This leader will bring true visionary leadership to the operations, staff, Board, funders, partners and constituents of American Rivers and will be a forward-thinking and innovative leader who is committed to the core values and mission of the organization.

Inspired by a deep passion for environmental conservation through an equity lens, the CEO will report to and work closely with the Board of Directors to drive forward the vision of American Rivers staff and supporters.


Koya Leadership Partners has been exclusively engaged by American Rivers for this engagement. Kara Teising and Libby Cornelssen are leading this search. To make recommendations or to express your interest in this role please use this link or email [email protected]. All nominations, inquiries, and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

American Rivers embraces and celebrates diversity, equity, and inclusion in all that we do. Rivers Connect Us is more than just our tagline. The beauty of rivers is that they connect all people and communities, and we seek to build and embody this diversity in our organization and throughout the conservation field. The life experiences, knowledge, innovation, and talent that each individual brings to our work provides perspectives, experiences, and competencies which are critical to our effectiveness in protecting wild rivers, restoring damaged rivers, and conserving clean water for people and nature.

To learn more about the Candidate Profile, read and download the full position profile HERE.