Rebecca Wodder


Rebecca Wodder is a national environmental leader whose writing and speaking explores how communities can enhance their resilience to climate impacts via sustainable, equitable approaches to rivers and freshwater resources. As president of the national advocacy organization, American Rivers, from 1995 to 2011, she led the development of community-based solutions to freshwater challenges. From 2011 to 2013, she served as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior. Previously, Rebecca was Vice President at The Wilderness Society, and Legislative Assistant to Senator Gaylord Nelson. She chairs the board of River Network, a national association of river and watershed conservation groups, as well as serving on the boards of the Potomac Conservancy and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a regular contributor to the Island Press Urban Resilience Project and recently wrote the chapter on water for The Community Resilience Reader (Island Press, 2017).