Christopher E Williams
Chris leads the implementation of the mission and strategy of the Anacostia Watershed Society, working with the Board of Directors and AWS staff to develop and implement watershed conservation and education initiatives, build partnerships, raise funds, and steward the resources and the long-term sustainability of the organization. Chris directs the public policy and advocacy work of AWS.
Prior to joining AWS in 2021, Chris served as Senior Vice President for Conservation at American Rivers and Director of the Freshwater Program at World Wildlife Fund, guiding and supporting watershed conservation programs across the U.S. and in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Europe.
Chris grew up in eastern Washington State at the confluence of the Columbia, Snake, and Yakima Rivers where he learned to love rivers and appreciate their importance to the health and well-being of local communities. He has lived in the DC region for almost 30 years, most recently in the Anacostia watershed where he enjoys paddling the river and exploring the bike trails connecting Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, and the District.