Julie Brown Named Executive Director

The Wentworth Watershed Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Julie Brown as its new executive director. She will begin work on April 16.

Brown has an extensive background in conservation biology, marine and freshwater ecology, community engagement, and nonprofit management. For six years she served as science education project manager for the National Geographic Society, where she wrote grants, managed donor relations, and created educational outreach programs for teachers, professors, and the public.

She describes herself as a mission-driven environmental steward who is excited to listen, learn, and share her love of the Lakes Region with the community. She is a hiker, kayaker, SCUBA diver, and a self-proclaimed bird nerd.

Brown’s parents, Dick and Sally Fleming, retired and became year-round residents of Alton Bay in 2008. Brown, her husband and children relocated to the area from Washington, DC. “Our children are the sixth generation in my family to spend time at the lakes,” said Brown. “And I’m thrilled that we can officially live in the Lakes Region for all four seasons of the year.”

“At a time when we’re poised to expand the reach of the Association’s many initiatives, Julie brings the right mix of experience and enthusiasm to our organization,” said Anne Blodget, Association president.

Association members and the community are encouraged to stop by the Association’s offices at 591 Center Street, next to All About Kitchens, to meet Brown. A good cup of coffee and stories of a bird sighting are surefire ways to grab her attention.

The Wentworth Watershed Association’s mission is to protect and preserve the community, natural resources, water quality and scenic beauty of the Lake Wentworth-Crescent Lake watershed, as well as to promote knowledge of the enduring character of its woodlands, waterways and wildlife, its people and its history. Julie is eager to help us with our mission.

On May 12, the Association will sponsor another Wolfeboro Water Summit, building on last year’s inaugural event that offered information about the importance of water to Wolfeboro’s economic vitality and quality of life. This session will offer concrete suggestions on how we can improve the quality of our water resources. The session is free and open to the public.