Rebecca Wodder is a nationally known environmental leader whose conservation career began with the first Earth Day. As president of the national advocacy organization American Rivers from 1995 to 2011, she led the development of community-based solutions to freshwater challenges. From 2011 to 2013, she served as senior advisor to the US secretary of the interior. Previously, she was vice president of the Wilderness Society and legislative assistant to Senator Gaylord Nelson. In 2010, she was named a Top 25 Outstanding Conservationist by Outdoor Life magazine. In 2014, she received the James Compton Award from River Network. In her writing and speaking, Wodder explores how communities can enhance their resilience to climate impacts via sustainable, equitable approaches to rivers and freshwater resources. She serves on the boards of River Network, the Potomac Conservancy, and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.