State and Outreach Leads
Each jurisdiction in the Chesapeake Bay watershed has a role to play in the restoration effort. In order to ensure our members from the Bay states are not only coordinating their work but able to discuss state specific issues and threats, the Coalition created the state and outreach lead structure. Each state in the watershed has a lead who is responsible for convening and organizing work around our Coalition priorities, while also looking for new and emerging issues that may need Coalition support. Our leads work hard to ensure that our members are not only knowledgeable about Bay issues, but engaging with the larger membership to help solve them.
You can find your state lead below.
Chris Klarich, Delaware Nature Society
302.239.2334, ext. 109
Chris Klarich joined Delaware Nature Society in May 2017 as the Campaign Manager. He graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in political science in May 2012. Since then, Chris has worked on various campaigns for both environmental advocacy groups and pro-environment candidates.
Ben Alexandro, Maryland League of Conservation Voters
Ben joined Maryland LCV in 2015 and is well versed in Chesapeake Bay, watershed, and conservation science and policy issues. Before joining Maryland LCV, Ben coordinated the Potomac Watershed Partnership with the Cacapon Institute and worked on stormwater and green infrastructure issues with the Environmental Finance Center.
TBA, New York League of Conservation Voters
Ezra Thrush, PennFuture
Ezra leads high-impact campaigns around water issues affecting Pennsylvania’s environment and communities in the Susquehanna River watershed. As a part of the PennFuture team, Thrush specifically focuses on the Commonwealth’s waters, provides oversight and support of Pennsylvania’s Chesapeake Bay plan.
Kimberly McCray joined VCN in August 2017 as the Policy and Campaigns Manager for Clean Water and Land Conservation. Kim previously served as Executive Director of the Virginia Quilt Museum in Harrisonburg, Virginia and as Director of the Port o’ Plymouth Museum in eastern North Carolina.
David Lillard, West Virginia Rivers Coalition
David supports West Virginia Rivers’ communications and public affairs work in the Chesapeake Bay region and on public lands and waters statewide. He grew up fishing and crabbing on the Delmarva Peninsula and hiking the deep woods of the Appalachians, and cherishes working to restore and protect them.