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Tracy Brown

President and Hudson Riverkeeper


Tracy Brown
Tracy Brown became President and Hudson Riverkeeper in 2021. She is the fourth person to lead the organization as President since its founding in 1966 as the Hudson River Fishermen’s Association. A recognized leader in clean water advocacy, Tracy brings a multidisciplinary approach to Riverkeeper, prioritizing data-driven, community-oriented strategies to realize our mission.

She previously served as Regional Director of Water Protection at Save the Sound, establishing their New York office which delivers science-based projects that protect Long Island Sound and increase community resilience. During her tenure, she established water quality monitoring programs and reporting tools that helped increase federal funding to the Sound estuary program tenfold. She integrated the Long Island Soundkeeper into Save the Sound, continuing and expanding upon the legacy of a fellow Waterkeeper organization.

Prior to joining Save the Sound, Brown worked at Riverkeeper for seven years. She was instrumental in developing Riverkeeper’s water quality monitoring programs between 2009 and 2014, and its communications efforts between 2007 and 2009. Among other achievements, she was an architect of New York’s Sewage Pollution Right to Know Law, enacted in 2013, which led to a historic state reinvestment in our sewage infrastructure.

A resident of Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., Brown is a founder of the Peabody Preserve Outdoor Classroom, a nature preserve for hands-on, outdoor education for the students of the Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow public schools. She has served on numerous boards and policy committees and is currently co-chair of the Water Committee for the Westchester County Climate Crisis Task Force. Earlier in her career she worked in the fields of fine art, web design, interactive media and community organizing. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. In her free time she can usually be found swimming or paddling in the Hudson, or hiking somewhere within the watershed.

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