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Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay Executive Director Announces Plans for 2017 Retirement

(January 25, 2017 – Annapolis, MD) Albert H. Todd, Executive Director of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and long-time watershed leader has announced his plans to retire in late summer 2017.

Todd has served as the Alliance’s Executive Director since 2011. During that time he has led a strategic reformation and refocusing of the Alliance’s mission and expanded the scope and reach of the organization’s programs throughout the Chesapeake watershed. Over his 40 year professional career, Todd has focused on finding solutions to watershed and conservation issues across the country. For the last 25 years, Todd has developed programs that had a significant impact in the Chesapeake region. He played an instrumental role in establishing strategies for restoring riparian forest buffers and urban tree canopy, formulating the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, protecting drinking water sources, establishing forest land protection goals, advancing environmental markets like water quality trading, and fostering watershed stewardship.

“Being a part of the Alliance has been an especially rewarding part of my career. I have long admired the valuable role played by the non-profit community in protecting and restoring the environment and it has been a privilege to lead an incredible organization like the Alliance,” Todd said.

Dr. Robert Paul, Alliance Board Chair, stated, “We wish Al the best. The quality and reach of the Alliance has grown under his leadership both as an organization and in the accomplishment of our mission. It has been a pleasure to work with Al, and we are delighted that he will be available to ensure an effective transition to new leadership.”

Prior to leading the Alliance, Todd served with the US Department of Agriculture’s Office of Environmental Markets and as US Forest Service Director for Ecosystem Services and Markets. Todd also worked in watershed management in the Eastern and Midwestern US and California, Idaho, and Arizona. His experience, creativity, leadership, and ability to build strong relationships with government agencies, non-profits, businesses, and communities earned him three national awards. After retirement, he will be available in an advisory capacity for the Alliance. The Alliance plans to begin recruitment for a new Executive Director in early spring 2017.

About The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

Founded in 1971, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay works throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed to lead, support, and inspire local action and build partnerships with individuals, communities, governments, businesses, and other groups to restore the lands, rivers, and streams of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The Alliance is headquartered in Annapolis, MD with additional state offices in Richmond, Virginia, and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. For more information about the Alliance, visit: