Fellows Network

Elizabeth Soderstrom

American Rivers, Senior Director of Conservation

Nevada City, California

Elizabeth joined American Rivers in 2008, and works in the California Office on headwater restoration, acquiring water rights for instream flows, and incorporating Native American interests and practices into river restoration. She also enjoys grant writing and fundraising.

As a Fellow, Elizabeth often draws on the tools of diagramming systems, helping groups vision alternative futures, and practicing reflective conversation skills. She has found that this approach can reveal critical leverage points, essential for strategic planning and grant writing.

For the previous seven years, Elizabeth was the Senior Director for Sierra and International Rivers at the Natural Heritage Institute, during which time she managed the Sharing Water Project on the Okavango River in Southern Africa, and applied adaptive management principles to river restoration as a Switzer Leadership Fellow. She also assisted both the CALFED Science Program and the Sierra Nevada Conservancy in developing and using performance measures. Previously, Elizabeth served as an International Engineering and Diplomacy Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science at USAID’s Center for the Environment in Washington, DC, and at USAID’s Regional Center for Southern Africa based in Gaborone, Botswana. Elizabeth lives with her husband, Steve, their daughter, Tova, six goats, ten chickens, and one duck in the foothills of the Sierra.

Updated March 2009.