Chelsea SilvaHealthy Rivers Program Associate

Chelsea Silva

Provo, Utah

Chelsea grew up exploring nature on bike rides with her sisters and mom along the Boise River Greenbelt in Idaho. Her mom organized “treasure hunts” for the girls to collect disposed aluminum cans out of the riverbed which inspired Chelsea to dedicate her life to protecting and restoring rivers.

As the Healthy Rivers Program Associate, Chelsea supports practitioners in Colorado and other western states by providing capacity-building support to local coalitions as they assess and plan for their rivers, and designing and hosting peer calls and field days for statewide peer learning networks.

Chelsea has spent her career dedicated to creating space for diverse groups to participate in equitable watershed planning and management. She served as Executive Director of Friends of the Rio de Flag, a small nonprofit watershed organization in Flagstaff, Arizona where she led watershed planning with local stakeholders. She spent three years at Purdue University conducting research on how landowners in the U.S. and Latin America make decisions about water and other natural resources. Finally, Chelsea is trained in natural resource facilitation and co-facilitated multiple watershed planning processes across Arizona and Utah as an associate with Southwest Decision Resources.

Chelsea has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences and a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Languages (Spanish) from the University of Idaho, and a Master of Science in Environmental Sciences & Policy from Northern Arizona University.

Chelsea lives with her partner in Provo, Utah and spends her free time riding bicycles, cooking, gardening, and crafting.

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