The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s Pennsylvania State Director, Jenna Mitchell, was recently selected as one of five to be honored with Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences 2019 Outstanding Alumni Awards. The awards recognize the alumni for their achievements and provide opportunities for recipients to interact with the college’s faculty, students, and other alumni. Jenna was named Outstanding Recent Alumna, an award that honors alumni who have graduated within the past 10 years.

From Penn State News:

Mitchell, a 2014 graduate with a degree in environmental resource management, is the Pennsylvania state director of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, a conservation organization that works to restore the rivers and streams of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

She has served in this position for two years, having started at the Alliance as the Pennsylvania Program Manager in 2016. Mitchell initiated a strategic change for the Alliance in Pennsylvania by locating an office in Lancaster County to better support farmers.

Following the move, she partnered with Turkey Hill Dairy and Maryland Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association to build and coordinate the Turkey Hill Clean Water Partnership, a $1.5 million public-private initiative that supports dairy farmers through financial and technical assistance to accelerate the implementation of conservation practices. Since being employed with the Alliance, Mitchell has secured more than $3.5 million in grant funding.

She is the co-chair of the Lancaster Clean Water Partners Watershed Action Team, is a past board member of Donegal Trout Unlimited and currently is a member of the conservation committee. She has served on the leadership committee of Lancaster Water Week and recently joined the Chesapeake Bay Program Wetland Workgroup.

Congratulations, Jenna! We’re so proud of the work that you have accomplished for the health of Pennsylvania’s rivers and streams!