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About Kate Fritz

Kate is the Executive Director of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. Her interest in the Chesapeake extends beyond her love of kayaking and fishing, and has led her to many volunteer opportunities locally. She is a certified Master Watershed Steward, and was a founding member of the Board of Directors for the Anne Arundel County Watershed Stewards Academy (WAS).

Join the Alliance in Flattening the Curve of COVID-19

March 19, 2020 Dear Partners and Friends, In the blink of an eye it feels like the world around us has totally changed - spring is here and the nation is facing a pandemic crisis. Here at the Alliance, we are staying on top of the facts, and we are taking precautions to help flatten

Welcoming Our Chief Operating Officer!

As part of the Alliance's work in expanding and growing our impact for healthier lands and waters of the Chesapeake Bay, we are excited to announce the internal promotion of Drew Siglin to the newly formed position of Chief Operating Officer! Drew started his work with the Alliance in March 2013, in our Pennsylvania office,

Turkey Hill Clean Water Partnership Goes National!

Turkey Hill Clean Water Partnership Shares Our Message of Innovation at the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Annual Meeting Holding an annual meeting for the National Association of Conservation Districts in Las Vegas may seem unusual, until you attend. Then it makes sense. Vegas is easy to travel to from all over the United

More Trees, Please!

Over the course of two days, 100+ professionals from across the Chesapeake Bay watershed gathered for the second Urban Tree Canopy Summit, held at the Patuxent Wildlife Refuge in Laurel, Maryland on January 14 and 15. There were many objectives of the summit, including: Build a broad base of knowledge of the newer opportunities available

Hindsight is 2020: To Make Sure The Next 10 Years Count, Include Everyone

To fight for change tomorrow, we need to build resilience today.  — Sheryl Sandberg Happy 2020! As we leave the 2010s behind, I’ve been thinking a lot about what’s in store for the Chesapeake Bay movement in the next 10 years, especially as our movement evolves and becomes more representative of the 18 million people who

New Year, New Board Leadership!

With a new year comes a new leadership slate for the Board of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay! At the conclusion of 2019, the Alliance had five Board Members conclude their terms. We are so grateful to Jenn Troy (MD), Jack Detweiler (PA), Jim Elliott (PA), and Steve Pattison (MD) for their six plus

Welcoming Two New Board Members

The Alliance is pleased to welcome two new members to our Board of Directors! Elizabeth Abdoo is the Senior Legal Advisor at Host Hotels and Resorts, where she’s been working for over 18 years. Prior to Host Hotels, she was the Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at Orbital Sciences Corporation (Northrop Grumman Innovative

Adding Two New Faces to the Alliance Team!

The Alliance is excited to add two new faces to our team, in Pennsylvania and in Maryland! Tim Hudspeth joins the Alliance headquarters team in Annapolis, MD as our Finance Assistant. He brings 11 years of procurement and budget experience from his previous employment with the Department of Justice. He started in the Pathways student

Pennsylvania State Director Honored by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences As Outstanding Recent Alumnae

Photo by Will Parson/Chesapeake Bay Program 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

Welcoming Two New Board Members

In July 2019, the Alliance's Board of Directors welcomed two new Board members to our 21 person Board! Please join us in welcoming Jenn Jackson (Virginia) and Matt McGehrin (Maryland). Jenn Jackson has been with Capital One Financial Services for 20 years. She currently serves as the Business Risk Officer in Capital One’s Office of

Experiencing River Rally & Honoring A River Hero

I had the honor of attending the River Network’s 20th Annual River Rally conference this past June in Cleveland, Ohio. It was timed to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of famed Cuyahoga River fire. I learned over the course of the three day conference how pivotal this fire was to the creation of the 1970 Clean Water

An Inspired Night with the Alliance at our first Wild and Scenic Film Festival!

Thirty-five degrees Fahrenheit is my favorite temperature to go hiking. It’s brisk, it’s invigorating, and your heart rate goes up just enough to make you nice and warm under all your layers. Over the weekend, I went for a hike at one of my favorite local spots near Annapolis, MD with my best hiking buddies,