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Elizabeth Soderstrom

Elizabeth Soderstrom

Director, Secretary

The vital nature of water has driven Elizabeth’s work. As part of the Strategic Partnership team at the Water Foundation, Elizabeth works at the nexus of strategy and fundraising and helps develop and deliver on fundraising strategies for safe drinking water and freshwater ecosystem restoration. She also leads the foundation in monitoring, evaluating and learning. Before joining the Water Foundation, Elizabeth was Senior Director of Conservation and Development at American Rivers and launched initiatives on instream flows and mountain meadow restoration. Prior, she was Director of the Sierra and Africa Rivers Program at the Natural Heritage Institute where she led programs in adapative management in the context of river restoration and floodplain management. For four years, she was Science, Engineering and Diplomacy Fellow at USAID’s Regional Center for Southern Africa based in Botswana. Here, she worked on transboundary river management with a focus on the Okavango River. Elizabeth serves on the boards of the Consensus Building Institute, Stockholm Environment Institute – US, and TreeSisters. She also sits on the advisory board of the South Yuba Citizens League. She received a BA in English Literature, a BS in Biological Sciences, and an MS in Biological Sciences from Stanford University and a PhD in Wildlands Resource Science and River Science from UC Berkeley. Elizabeth lives with her husband, daughter, several dogs, goats and chickens on a tiny farm in Nevada City, CA. Elizabeth is excited about supporting Treesisters’ integrated mission to help reforest the planet and reclaim the feminine.