River Network Welcomes Two Water Leaders to Its Board of Directors

August 5, 2020 [Boulder, Colo.] – River Network is pleased to announce Mekayle Houghton and G. Tracy Mehan, III have been elected to our Board of Directors. Effective October 1, 2020, Houghton and Mehan will join a talented and dedicated group of water leaders and experts in boldly driving our work forward.

Mekayle Houghton, Executive Director, Cumberland River Compact, has led the Nashville, TN, organization since 2014. With her innovative and committed team, the Cumberland River Compact is growing to address the scope of the challenge to engage millions of stakeholders in efforts to ensure a clean and abundant supply of fresh water for the people and thousands of species that call the Cumberland River Basin home. Mekayle serves on the Tennessee Solar Energy Association, the steering committee of TN H2O, a water planning initiative supported by past and current Governors, the advisory board involved in Nashville’s compliance with the Global Covenant of Mayors, and has great faith that people will work for a healthy environment.

Tracy Mehan III, Executive Director of Government Affairs, American Water Works Association (AWWA), oversees all Washington, D.C., activities of AWWA including all federal affairs, liaison with other organizations, and representation of AWWA as required. Established in 1881, AWWA is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 51,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life. Previously, Mehan served as Assistant Administrator for Water at the US Environmental Protection Agency from 2001-2003.

River Network Board Chair, Rebecca Wodder, welcomed the addition of Houghton and Mehan to the Board of Directors. “Their deep knowledge, relevant expertise, and diverse networks will greatly enhance and directly contribute to the success of River Network in its critical river protection mission and clean water programs.”

For the full River Network Board of Directors, visit https://www.rivernetwork.org/about-us/our-team/.

About River Network

River Network (https://www.rivernetwork.org/) is the foremost nonprofit connecting more than 6,500 nonprofits, agencies, businesses, and communities for greater local impact and healthier rivers across the U.S. River Network envisions a future of clean and ample water for people and nature, where local caretakers are well-equipped, effective, and courageous champions for our rivers.