Carly SchmidtOperations and Membership Associate

Carly Schmidt

Boulder, Colorado

Carly works from the Boulder office to support organizations and freshwater stewards in North America and beyond by providing tools and resources designed to build organizational capacity and keep members apprised of the latest trends in water policy. Carly came to River Network from the nonprofit sector in Austin, Texas. Her experience includes creating content for the Project WILD environmental education guides, leading and administering STEM education programs, and managing operations and communications at a wildlife rehabilitation center.

Carly is thrilled to be supporting incredible grassroots organizations that serve to protect the most precious earth resource – water. Growing up in Ontario, Canada, water was a major part of her childhood. Carly grew up rowing and sailing on Lake Ontario. Her collegiate rowing career allowed her to compete on nearly every major river in the United States. Her profound appreciation for aquatic ecosystems inspired her to pursue a master’s degree in environmental sciences and policy, where she specialized in watershed restoration and hydrogeology.

As we all know, a passion for watershed protection is not enough to protect these vast, dynamic, and life-giving systems. The mechanism she focused on early in her career as a means to slow widespread environmental degradation is environmental education. Carly evaluated a restoration-based environmental education program in Patagonia, Arizona for her master’s thesis. This transformative experience demonstrated the power of community and solidified her commitment to grassroots conservation. Now, she has the privilege of dedicating her career to these grassroots organizations that champion clean water.

Carly lives with her husband, Robert, in Denver, Colorado and spends her time being active and pursuing creative projects.