Bourdon New Exec. Director

Front Page / Mar. 23, 2005 11:00pm EST

Of White River Partnership

Bourdon New Exec. Director

Of White River Partnership

Annie Bourdon, a sixth generation Vermonter who grew up in Woodstock, but spent the past six years administering nonprofit programs in San Francisco, Calif., joined the White River Partnership late last month as its new executive director.

Bourdon, who graduated cum laude from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine with a Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, was most recently the deputy director of City CarShare, the nation’s first and largest nonprofit car-sharing organization, which provides Bay Area residents with an alternative to private car ownership. Prior to her work with City CarShare, she was a program director at the Garden Project, a nonprofit organization that trains ex-offenders and incarcerated men at the San Francisco County Jail in organic gardening and tree care as a means of rehabilitation.

Bourdon now lives in Barnard with her husband, Matt Ferrigno, who is attending Vermont Law School. She was drawn to the White River Partnership by its approach to working with communities towards a common mission and by her commitment to environmental work.

"I also felt really strongly about working in the area where I live so that I could see a direct benefit from my efforts," she adds. "I’m going to work to raise awareness about the Partnership because I think there are a lot of people out there who don’t know what the group is or what it does and I’d like to get more people involved. Our job is to make connections between the watershed and the people it serves."

As the Partnership’s executive director, Bourdon says she will not only work to build membership and raise operating funds for projects, but "I’ll also continue to build relationships with other organizations and state and federal agencies that we’ve worked with over the years, all in the interest of protecting the cultural, and environmental, and economic health of the watershed."

Anyone who would like more information about the White River Partnership is welcome to call Bourdon at the WRP office (located in the Green Mt. Forest Service building on Rte. 100 in Rochester) at 767-4600.

By Martha Slater

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