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Five new directors elected to Riverkeeper Board

Center for Earth Ethics head Karenna Gore among distinguished contingent of new volunteer leaders

For Immediate Release: October 25, 2017
Contact: Cliff Weathers, Communications Director
(914) 478-4501, ext. 239; [email protected]

Ossining, NY — Riverkeeper, New York’s clean water advocate, has elected five new Directors to its board: Christine Churchill, Karenna Gore, Alexandra Herzan, Timon Malloy and Judith Mogul.

“The Riverkeeper Board has added five extraordinary new directors to its ranks,” said Riverkeeper Chairman Joseph Boren. “They are all passionate environmentalists with outstanding experience and leadership skills. Collectively, they are a major step forward in our ongoing efforts to build a strong and diverse coalition to defend the Hudson River estuary and clean drinking water.

Christine Churchill is a litigator who first volunteered in 2012 to assist with Riverkeeper’s campaign to close Indian Point nuclear plant. Christine has also been a Trustee of the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic — Riverkeeper’s outside litigation counsel — for more than 30 years. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the Law School at Loyola Marymount University, Christine lives with her family in Westchester County.

Karenna Gore is Director of the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary. Previously, she worked in the legal center of Sanctuary for Families, which serves victims of domestic violence and trafficking, and served as Director of Community Affairs for the Association to Benefit Children, which provides early childhood education and other services for New York City families living in poverty. Gore was on the editorial staff of Slate magazine and is the author of Lighting the Way: Nine Women Who Changed Modern America. She is a graduate of Harvard College, Columbia Law School and Union Theological Seminary. Gore is the eldest child of former Vice President Al Gore and Tipper Gore, and lives in New York City with her three children.

Alexandra Herzan is president and treasurer of the Lily Auchincloss Foundation. She has also served on the boards of the Museum of Modern Art, Transportation Alternatives, Fountain House, the Masters School and the Gund Art Foundation. She is a graduate of the Columbia School of Social Work and worked as a psychiatric social worker for several years. Alex has been a stalwart advocate for the Hudson River and Riverkeeper partner as a member of the Empire Dragon Boat Team, New York City’s first and only breast cancer survivor racing team. The Lily Auchincloss Foundation has been a generous supporter of Riverkeeper’s New York City Program since 2012. Alex and her family are residents of Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

Timon Malloy is an environmentalist and activist with a particular interest and involvement in air and water quality issues in the greater New York metro region. He is President of the Fred F. French Companies, a real estate and investment management company. Malloy has served on the board of the Vermont Law School and The Sun Hill Foundation. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Graduate School of Business Administration at New York University. Malloy and his wife, Lori, have supported Riverkeeper since 2002 through the Sun Hill Foundation; in 2016 they donated Riverkeeper’s second patrol boat, a shallow-draft vessel that has enabled the expansion of river patrols. The foundation also supports Riverkeeper’s joint litigation (with NRDC and Save the Sound) regarding New York City Water quality issues, our work on the closure of the Indian Point nuclear plant, our Water Quality program, and an upcoming mobile outreach and advocacy initiative. Malloy and his family live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Judith Mogul is a partner at Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC. She is a civil and criminal litigator who handles complex litigation for individual and corporate clients in state and federal court. She has litigated, pro bono, to support efforts to close the Indian Point nuclear power plant. Mogul is co-author of the treatise Civil Practice in the Southern District of New York, 2d. Ed., and pens a regular column for the New York Law Journal. Mogul is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Access to Justice, a nonpartisan law and policy organization dedicated to achieving reform on behalf of vulnerable people in the civil and criminal justice systems. In addition, she serves as board co-chair at the Glynwood Center in the Hudson Valley. Mogul and her family live in Cold Spring, NY.

With these five new directors, Riverkeeper’s Board now consists of 27 members.

Paul Gallay, the organization’s President and Hudson Riverkeeper, thanked the new directors: “Riverkeeper’s volunteer leadership is poised to make the second half century of our clean water advocacy even more meaningful and effective than the first.  We on staff can’t wait to get to work with all five of these amazing environmentalists.”

About Riverkeeper: Riverkeeper is a member-supported watchdog organization dedicated to defending the Hudson River and its tributaries and protecting the drinking water supply of nine million New York City and Hudson Valley residents. Since its beginnings as the Hudson River Fishermen’s Association 50 years ago, Riverkeeper has helped to establish globally recognized standards for waterway and watershed protection and serves as the model and mentor for the growing Waterkeeper movement that includes more than 300 Keeper programs across the country and around the globe.

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