Alaska Conservation Foundation announces new executive director

ANCHORAGE — Alaska Conservation Foundation has announced the appointment of Ann Rothe as its new executive director. Rothe has been serving as the interim executive director since former Director Nick Hardigg resigned in June.

Rothe joined ACF in 2007 as a senior program officer to focus on oceans, mining and other issues. In recent years, she has served as deputy director and led the Bristol Bay Watershed and Fisheries Protection campaign.

Previously, she worked as an environmental consultant working on a range of issues from environmental health to education. She has held positions at the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, US Department of Interior, National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation (whose Alaska office she established), Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council (which she helped create shortly after the Exxon Valdez oil spill), and Trustees for Alaska, where she served as executive director for ten years. She has resided in Alaska for more than 30 years.

Founded in 1980 by Alaska conservationists Celia Hunter and Denny Wilcher, ACF is a public foundation dedicated to connecting philanthropists to Alaska’s grassroots conservation efforts. In its history, ACF has made more than $33 million of grants to conservation causes in Alaska and has a $5 million endowment.

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