Premier Ticket $150
Join us at CRWA's 53rd Annual Meeting to hear from our driven Director, Emily Norton. The Annual Meeting serves as an opportunity to recognize the contributions of environmental activists and volunteers whose dedicated work helps protect the Charles River. The dinner begins with a business meeting to elect members of the board of directors. And if you just need a break, the cocktail reception (with cash bar) is a great opportunity to unwind and catch up with friends and colleagues.
5:30 - Registration and cocktail reception
6:15 - Move to Charles River Room for business meeting
6:45 - Welcome by Board President Linda McLane and award presentation
7:45 - Keynote Address by Executive Director Emily Norton
8:30 - Adjorn
In her keynote address, Emily Norton will speak about the future direction and vision for the Charles River watershed.
Executive Director, Charles River Watershed Association and Newton City Councilor
Emily joined CRWA as Executive Director in August 2018. She previously served as Massachusetts Chapter Director for the Sierra Club where she focused on advocating for stronger renewable energy policies at the state and local level. Emily also spent several years working in politics as a fundraiser for the Democratic Leadership Council in Washington, D.C. and as Finance Director for a Congressional campaign on Cape Cod.
Emily serves as an elected City Councilor in her hometown of Newton, where she is a member of the Finance Committee and the Public Safety and Transportation Committee. Some of her local victories include a citywide ban on plastic bags, restrictions on the use of polluting leaf blowers, and changing the name from the outdated and sexist term “Alderman” to “City Councilor." In her City Council role Emily serves on the Massachusetts Municipal Association Environmental Policy Committee.
Emily holds a BA in philosophy from the University of Vermont and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Anne M. Blackburn Award
Stephanie Pollack, Secretary and CEO of MassDOT
Citizen Activist Award
Frances Gershwin, Muddy River Maintenance and Management Oversight Committee
Rita Barron Public Official Award
Matt Shuman, Watertown Town Engineer
Young Leaders Award
Southwest Boston Community Development Corporation's (SWBCDC) Green Team
Ginger Lawrence Volunteer Award
Diane Hall and Robert Sproull
Officers for Election (1-year term)
Linda McLane, President
Grant Thomas-Lepore, Vice President
Sarah Slaughter, Treasurer
Edward Englander, Clerk
Directors for Election (3-year term)
Ralph W. Abele
Elected Directors Will Join
Patricia B. King
Beedee Ladd, Co-Chair
Caroline Dixwell Cabot
Virginia M. Lawrence
Laurie Doyle, Co-Chair