Denise Swol Named Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Arundel Rivers Federation is pleased to announce that Denise Swol, currently the Federation’s Director of Development, has been named its new Executive Director.

“We are very fortunate to have found a leader from within our ranks, who has the management skills, operational knowledge, and vision to lead the Federation during this exciting chapter in its evolution,” said Don Santa, Arundel Rivers Federation Board Chair.

The Federation has been growing rapidly. Last year, South River Federation and West Rhode Riverkeeper Inc. joined forces to create the Arundel Rivers Federation. Denise has been part of the Federation’s team during its transition to the new organization.

Prior to joining Arundel Rivers, Denise worked in development at The Summit School, Anne Arundel Community College Foundation and St. John’s College. Her involvement with environmental organizations began 20 years ago while working at The Conservation Fund. She holds a Master’s of Science in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University and an undergraduate degree from Florida State University.

When not at work, Denise spends time paddling and hiking with her 10-year-old daughter Claire, and Andy, her playful corgi. They reside at the top of the South River watershed in Crofton.

“I am excited to lead this fantastic organization and am proud of our incredible work to make our local waters fishable and swimmable for this generation and those to come,” she said. “I have enjoyed in my current role meeting so many of the wonderful people committed to the mission of the Federation, and now I will have an even greater opportunity to work with our amazing supporters.”

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