Wendy Wilson is Snake River Alliance’s New Executive Director
Veteran Environmental Leader Cites Clean Energy & Nuclear Safety as Priorities
The Board of Directors of the Snake River Alliance, an Idaho environmental nonprofit, announces the appointment of Wendy Wilson as Executive Director. The Snake River Alliance serves as Idaho’s nuclear watchdog and advocate for clean energy. The organization has offices in Boise and Pocatello and is currently running Solarize the Valley, a program to install 250kW of rooftop solar in Ada and Canyon counties.
Wilson is a long-time Alliance member, having been a leader in the Stop the Shipments Initiative in 1996. She is a resident of Boise and founder and former Executive Director of Idaho Rivers United. She led the successful statewide river protection group for 10 years before joining the River Network, a national environmental organization. In that position she built programs throughout the country to help communities improve water quality, reduce energy use and address climate change. She served as Executive Director of Idaho-based Advocates for the West from 2013 until 2015.
“The Snake River Alliance is very pleased to welcome environmental powerhouse Wendy Wilson as its new Executive Director,” said Snake River Alliance President Tim Andreae. “Thirty-seven years ago the Snake River Alliance was founded when it became known that radioactive waste was being dumped into the Snake River Plain Aquifer. From nuclear contamination to dirty coal, the organization has tackled the tough issues. Wendy is a big thinker with an unwavering confidence in citizen activism – the perfect person to inspire a new generation of activists and our membership.”
“Being part of the Alliance’s great work makes me smile every day,” said Wilson. “I want to build on our successes protecting Idaho. Going forward, people want to have more access to local, clean energy — and that time can’t come soon enough.”
The Snake River Alliance is nationally recognized for forcing the clean-up of nuclear contamination at the Idaho National Laboratory and stopping the shipment of nuclear waste to Idaho. Since 1979, the local organization has also stopped two nuclear bomb plants and a nuclear waste incinerator. The Alliance works closely with regulated utilities and public agencies to promote renewable energy, retirement of coal-fired power plants and wider use of electric vehicles.
Wilson will lead the Snake River Alliance’s four-person staff and work with the Board of Directors to build the fiscal health of the organization. The Alliance has members across the country and is supported entirely by private donations.