Baltimore, MD - Blue Water Baltimore, a nonprofit organization focused on improving Baltimore’s watersheds and protecting its water resources, has named Halle Van der Gaag as its Executive Director.
Van der Gaag is an experienced nonprofit executive and expert on issues of water quality and land use who has held management positions with the Trust for Public Land and the Parks & People Foundation. More recently, she was the Executive Director of the Jones Falls Watershed Association (JFWA) for five years and was instrumental in merging the JFWA with four regional water quality organizations to create Blue Water Baltimore, the leading advocate for waterways in Central Maryland.
Van der Gaag takes the helm of the $1.4 million organization as it looks to expand its outreach, lobbying capacity, and fundraising, having served as the Deputy Director of Blue Water Baltimore since its creation in 2010.
“Halle is the ideal person to lead Blue Water Baltimore into the future,” said T.J. Mullen, Chairman of Blue Water Baltimore. “No one knows this organization, its programs, and its priorities better than she does. Halle has a wealth of experience in both generating funding for and running a wide range of programs, which are the lifeblood of the organization. Equally important are the excellent relationships she has developed with local, state, and federal legislators and regulators, all of whom have a direct bearing on our ability to preserve and protect our local waters which directly impact the Chesapeake Bay as well.”
“As a full service organization with programs ranging from tree plantings and citizen-based initiatives to holding polluters legally accountable, Blue Water Baltimore is in a unique position to make a positive impact on the range of issues that affect water quality,” Van der Gaag said. “Central Maryland is defined by its relationship with water, from the Inner Harbor and Chesapeake Bay to the thousands of creeks, streams and tributaries that extend throughout the region. Improving water quality here means improving our quality of life.”