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Charles River Watershed Association Announces New Hires



Emily Norton
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Executive Director

Madison Wolters
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Communications Coordinator

CRWA Announces New Hires and Promotions

WESTON, MA [April 29, 2019] -Weston, MA – The Charles River Watershed Association today announced a number of key hires and promotions as the advocacy organization builds its team under new executive director Emily Norton.   

“Climate change has made CRWA’s mission to protect and enhance the Charles River and its watershed more urgent than ever,” said Norton, who became executive director last year. “Our new team positions us perfectly to accomplish these goals.”

The new appointments include:

  • Audrey Wallace, who was named CRWA’s Development Manager. A graduate of St. Lawrence University, she previously worked for Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, where she was assistant and then associate director of the school’s Annual Fund.

  • Delilah Bethel, who was named CRWA’s Rita Barron Fellow, a one-year position working in water resources management. Bethel, a Norfolk State University biology graduate with a Master’s in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts Boston, has worked previously for the Living on Earth Podcast and held a number of undergraduate and graduate research positions through UMass and the National Science Foundation.

  • Madison Wolters, who was named Development and Communications Coordinator. Also a graduate of Wheaton College, Wolters for the last five years served as a marketing and editorial assistant to New York Times bestselling author Alice Hoffman,where she had a key role in rebranding and organizing the annual benefit for Mt. Auburn Hospital’s Hoffman Breast Center.

  • Lisa Kumpf, who was recently promoted to the position of Aquatic Scientist from her previous post as Rita Barron Fellow. A geology graduate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a master’s in geology from Boston College, Kumpf previously worked as a research and teaching assistant in oceanography at Boston College.

  • Nishaila Porter, who was promoted to Program Associate from Event and Volunteer Coordinator. A graduate of Wesleyan University with a bachelor’s in earth and environmental science, Porter held a Robert McNair research fellowship in ocean studies prior to joining CRWA. She has become a critical member of CRWA’s team and is already excelling in her new role.

Norton says the appointments will help achieve her goal of making CRWA more of a resource for the 35 greater Boston communities that make up the Charles River watershed to support  innovations that champion green infrastructure and help communities adapt to climate change. She also plans to unite with other area watershed associations to lobby Beacon Hill on environmental issues and to raise the profile and expertise of the watershed advocacy community as a whole.

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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.

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