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Rebeccah Sanders, NRCM CEO

NRCM CEO Rebeccah SandersRebeccah stepped into her role as NRCM’s CEO in January 2023 with a strong reputation for expanding the organizational impact and reach. Fostering community and creating space for diverse voices has always been a priority for Rebeccah. This includes cultivating young leaders. Rebeccah brings more than two decades of experience in executive nonprofit management, most recently as the Chief Field and Strategy Officer of the National Audubon Society. There, she maximized the conservation impact of the organization’s 22 state and regional field offices and extensive network of nature centers and sanctuaries throughout the country. Prior to her work at National Audubon, Rebeccah was Executive Director of the Chicago Cultural Alliance, a coalition of heritage-based community organizations working together to address a broad set of civic issues such as climate change, immigration, and community planning. A past Maine resident and frequent visitor, Rebeccah began her career as the Post-Secondary Coordinator for the Maine State GEAR-UP program. Through this role, she developed a deep understanding of Maine’s communities and natural wonders as she traveled across the state, from the southern coast to the Canadian border, to increase education access for Maine’s children. In this role, she learned firsthand that building community means meeting people where they are and investing in relationships at the local level. A Fulbright recipient, Rebeccah received her BA in anthropology and environmental science from the University of Notre Dame and her MA in environmental and ecological anthropology from the University of Georgia.

Why I Do This Work

“I do this work because I believe in the right to a beautiful and healthy environment. For everyone. Everywhere.”