Katherine BaerVice President, River Programs

Katherine Baer

Carrboro, North Carolina

Katherine wants to live in a world where you can swim in your local river no matter where you live (and where at least one level of the official food pyramid is dark chocolate!). Growing up splashing and exploring Peavine Creek in Atlanta sparked her interest in protecting streams and rivers.

As an environmental advocate for over 15 years, Katherine has worked for American Rivers, Triangle Land Conservancy, Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, the Center for Progressive Reform, and the School for Field Studies. In that work she has led efforts to improve policies for clean and reliable water at the local, state and national levels, including testifying before Congressional Committees, serving on state and national working groups on topics including drought management, climate change adaptation and reducing sewer overflows, and working with watershed groups. While at American Rivers, Katherine led a team of policy and technical experts working to advance green infrastructure through successful advocacy for increased funding and stronger permits and policies, working with a diverse array of partners. She currently serves on the Water Environment Federation’s Stormwater Institute Advisory Committee.

Katherine has written and contributed to a number of reports, articles and blogs including, Healthy Rivers as Critical Natural Infrastructure, Putting Green to Work: Economic Recovery Investments for Clean and Reliable Water, and Seeing Water Differently. She holds a J.D. from the University of Maryland, an M.S. in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development from the University of Georgia, and a B.A. in environmental studies from Stanford University.

Katherine works from Carrboro, NC and when she’s not helping people save rivers, she loves trail running, hanging out with her husband and daughter (and dog and cat), traveling, and reading mysteries.