My name is Molly Hanson, and I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself and my new position as the first full-time Executive Director for Iowa Rivers Revival.
I have served on the IRR Board of Directors for the past three years, and served as Vice Chair of the Board for the last two. It has been a wonderful and educational experience, and I am beyond thrilled to take to the next level my commitment to the organization and to Iowa rivers!
It has been my goal to stay in Iowa and work in conservation. Like many of you, I am very attached to my home state. I was born and raised here. I attended the University of Northern Iowa to study Earth Science and Geology, and I’ve interned and worked for various county conservation boards around the state.
The more I learn and travel and interact with the land and the citizens of Iowa, the more I understand my mission of helping to preserve, protect and enhance our natural resources.
The rivers of Iowa have a long and rich story to tell, but the most important lesson we can learn from them is that we are all connected. I look forward to reaching out and connecting with scientists, public agencies and departments, legislators, students, teachers, business leaders, paddlers, sportsmen and women, and every single one of you.
I will work to communicate the value and importance of our rivers — everything from the habitat they provide, to the recreation they support, to the river restoration and protection efforts that will improve the quality of life for all living things in Iowa.
This is an incredible opportunity for me personally and for IRR to grow as leaders in river advocacy in Iowa. Clean water is not just a political issue — it is a human issue, one that we can all work on together.
It is an honor and a pleasure for me to work on strengthening our connections to each other and to our rivers.
Thanks for the river love!
Executive Director, Iowa Rivers Revival. March 2016