On behalf of the Board of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, I am delighted to announce the selection of Dr. James A. Mosher as the new executive director of the Alliance. His selection culminates an extensive search by the Board over the last year to find the right combination of leadership, knowledge and experience to take the Alliance to its next stage of service to the Bay community and beyond, for the benefit of the natural resources of the Chesapeake region.

Jim Mosher has a long and distinguished career in a wide range of issues impacting the Bay and its watershed, starting with 13 years of conducting wildlife research and teaching. He also began and served as the principal of a wildlife consulting business focusing on research and conservation.

From 1995 to 2004, Jim was conservation director of the Izaak Walton League of America. There, among other things, he made major efforts to build partnerships with the energy industry and conservation groups.

From 2004 to 2007, he was executive director and a board member of the North American Grouse Partnership, a group working primarily in western states to protect the habitat and assure the viability of grouse populations. This also honed Jim's skills in working with a range of business and conservation interests. He led fund-raising and scientific efforts to successfully complete the North American Grouse Management Strategy.

Then, from 2007 to 2009, he was called upon to serve as deputy assistant secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, with lead responsibility for endangered species issues (which you may recall were in a bit of a botch-up when he got there). He chaired an interagency team to review the range of Endangered Species Act issues of national significance and once again built partnerships for solutions.

We were fortunate to get Jim to join our Board and to now agree to take on the executive director position. I think you will agree that he has amassed a remarkable set of credentials that fit well with the mission of the Alliance. He will be able to draw upon this experience to lead the Alliance, especially in finding collaborative solutions to Bay issues by working in partnership with others.

I hope you will get to meet and work with Jim soon. You will find him approachable, agreeable and interested in working with many interests on solutions to benefit the Bay.

Bill Matuszeski
Chairman of the Board
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

P.S. The Board would also like to recognize the fine job done by Maryland Program Director Lou Etgen, who served as interim executive director for more than a year.