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Longtime Environmental Attorney Named to Key Post at Charles River Watershed Association
WESTON, MA [June 20, 2019] -- Prominent local environmental advocacy organization Charles River Watershed Association is announcing three new leadership changes this month. Elizabeth F. Mason, a longtime environmental attorney in the Boston area with expertise in permitting, litigation and regulatory compliance involving water resource issues, has been named General Counsel and Policy Director for the Association. Additionally, long-time CRWA staff Pallavi Kalia Mande and Julie Wood have been promoted to new positions.
Mason joins CRWA from the law firm of McLane Middleton, where she represented commercial and municipal clients on matters under the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and state and local environmental regulations. From 1997-2003, she was a Senior Assistant Regional Counsel in the New England Regional office of the Environmental Protection Agency, also focusing on Clean Water Act compliance.
“The many issues around climate change have made CRWA’s mission to protect the Charles River ever more challenging,” said CRWA Executive Director Emily Norton. “Betsy’s combination of legal expertise and litigation experience will turbo charge our ability to meet those challenges.”
Mason, a watershed resident who resides in Mendon, has a bachelor’s degree from Yale University, a master’s from Boston University and a law degree from Boston College. She succeeds Atty. Margaret Van Deusen, who served as CRWA General Counsel from 2000 until retiring in March of this year.
“I am excited to join CRWA at this important moment in the global discussion about water resource protection and climate change,” said Mason. “I feel fortunate to be assuming a position in which I can help make a direct positive contribution to addressing these issues in a focused manner on the local and regional levels.”
Julie Dyer Wood has been promoted from Director of Projects to Deputy Director of the organization. Wood joined CRWA in the fall of 2007 as part of their one year Rita Barron Science Fellowship program. She had the opportunity to join the permanent science staff in 2008, serving as a watershed scientist, senior scientist and most recently director of the science program. Wood has experience working all aspects of the organization from water quality data collection to fundraising. Wood holds a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Boston College and a Master’s from the University of Massachusetts Boston’s School for the Environment. Prior to joining CRWA, Wood was an AmeriCorps volunteer with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and a Program Educator for the New England Aquarium.
“At CRWA I am able to use my analytical abilities and scientific training to fight for a cleaner and healthier Earth for current and future generations,” said Wood. “It’s been a challenging and rewarding career thus far and I am honored and ready to take on this next phase.”
Pallavi Kalia Mande has been promoted from Director of Blue Cities to Director of Watershed Resilience. Mande joined CRWA in the summer of 2005 as an Urban Restoration Specialist to develop organizational capacity and expertise in planning, design and implementation of green infrastructure projects. She now leads CRWA's urban resilience work in the lower Charles basin in partnership with municipal agencies, institutions, environmental advocacy and parkland groups. Mande holds a Bachelor’s in Architecture from New Delhi, India, a Master’s in Philosophy, Environment and Development from the University of Cambridge, U.K., and a Master’s in Architecture and Urban Design from Washington University. In the summer of 2016 she was selected to be a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design which helped significantly magnify the impact of the Blue Cities Initiative.
“I am excited to help our cities and towns design, plan and implement nature-based solutions to restore natural hydrology for climate resilience across our watershed,” said Mande. “Increase in precipitation and extreme weather are not only threatening the Charles River in terms of flooding and water quality impacts, but also deeply impacting our most vulnerable communities and infrastructure investments. It is only by taking a regional, watershed based design and planning approach are we going to meet these challenges.”
Charles River Watershed Association uses science, advocacy, urban design and education to promote resilient communities and a healthy river ecosystem. CRWA was formed in 1965 in response to public concern about the declining condition of the Charles River. Since its earliest days of advocacy, CRWA has figured prominently in major clean-up and watershed protection efforts that have dramatically improved the health of the Charles.