PA grassroots staff members Andrew Bliss and Kate Austin. Photo by CBF Staff.
Meet Pennsylvania's Newest Staff Members
The Pennsylvania office is pleased to introduce two additions to our grassroots team, Andrew Bliss and Kate Austin. Over the past year CBF has worked with communities, farmers, and political leaders to broaden awareness of the Chesapeake Bay clean water blueprint, bring it down to the local level, and to share the many clean water success stories with state and federal leaders. Kate and Andrew will be supporting our efforts protect and restore local rivers, streams, and the Bay and to defend and implement the Bay blueprint in Pennsylvania.
Kate Austin joins us as our new Grassroots Field Specialist. Kate, a Master Gardener, is a native of Pennsylvania and comes to us with degrees in political science and landscape architecture. She hails most recently from the Athens Land Trust in Georgia where she coordinated a community garden network—managing volunteers, designing and building gardens, canvassing neighborhoods, cultivating diverse partnerships, leading and developing trainings and workshops, and designing multi-lingual educational materials.
Among other projects, Kate will be working in Lancaster, Lebanon, and Dauphin Counties to educate and motivate citizens to help support clean water efforts; encourage residents to attend and speak in support of clean water efforts during community meetings; and organize citizens to communicate clean water messages to state officials.
Andrew Bliss joins us as our new Grassroots Coordinator. A former CBF intern, Andrew recently completed his masters in Natural Resource Studies at the University of Arizona. Also a native of Pennsylvania, Andrew comes to CBF with an undergraduate degree in Geography and Environmental Planning; and experience with the Greenpeace Organizing Team in Washington, D.C., where he received training in environmental activism and non-profit operations.
Andrew will be focusing on strengthening grassroots organizing around the blueprint to save local rivers and streams, and the Bay.
We're delighted that Kate and Andrew have joined the CBF team. But their work alone won't be enough to defend clean water—we need you too. Please consider writing your legislator, writing a letter or opinion piece to your local newspaper, and make your voice heard. If you would like to learn more about ways you can participate in the Pennsylvania advocacy efforts, contact Kate or Andrew at 717-234-5550.