Maureen Cunningham
Executive Director

Maureen has served as Executive Director of the Hudson River Watershed Alliance since 2013, leading the organization from single-source funding to diversified, multiyear funding, while putting in place key mechanisms for continued organizational stability and growth such as a strategic plan, enhanced governance structures, an accounting system, new partnerships and funding relationships, and expanded programming.  Prior to joining the Hudson River Watershed Alliance, Maureen focused on community development, biodiversity conservation and natural resource management issues, with experience working in several countries in Africa, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean.  Most recently, she worked with Rare in Washington, DC, where she managed their social marketing, public use planning and community-based ecotourism programs, first as Director of their World Heritage Partnership working in six World Heritage Sites and later as Director of Rare Radio in the Caribbean and South Pacific.  Maureen’s academic training includes a Master of Environmental Management with a focus on community-based natural resource policy and management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from The American University School of International Service, and she speaks Spanish and French.  A native of Upstate New York, Maureen now lives with her husband and two sons in the Town of Bethlehem in Albany County.  After so many years working internationally, she is now happy to be involved in local projects doing what she loves most – strategic planning, community outreach and facilitation, and partnership building.  She is now serving as Board Member for the Town of Bethlehem, a town with 35,000 residents located outside Albany.  She has been an active volunteer since moving to Bethlehem, formerly with the Friends of Five Rivers, several committees in the Town of Bethlehem (Conservation Easement Review Board, Waterfront Advisory Group, Open Space Working Group, Bike and Pedestrian Committee), in addition to various PTA, social justice and youth activities.


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