League to Save Lake Tahoe announces new executive director
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The League to Save Lake Tahoe announced Tuesday that Darcie Goodman-Collins will serve as the environmental group’s new executive director.
Goodman-Collins replaces longtime League Executive Director Rochelle Nason, who resigned in October.
Goodman-Collins, 32, was born and raised in South Lake Tahoe and first came to the League as a summer intern in 1996, running the information center and researching public policy, according to a Tuesday statement.
In 1997, she was a community youth representative at the first environmental summit, where she served on a panel addressing President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore about environmental issues facing Lake Tahoe.
Goodman-Collins went on to earn bachelor’s degrees in biology and political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She also earned her Ph.D. at UCSB. Her dissertation explored how environmental restoration and science can integrate with community engagement and public policy.
Most recently, Goodman-Collins served as habitat restoration director at Save The Bay, where she developed strategies to ensure 100,000 acres of San Francisco Bay wetland habitat will be restored by 2020.
She has worked with the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, the Tahoe-Baikal Institute and has served on the League’s Board of Directors since 2009.
“There are two lessons that I’ll bring with me into this position,” Goodman-Collins said in the statement. “The first I learned at Save The Bay. It is that collaboration, both outside and inside the organization, is critical for success. The second I learned as a Board Member at the League. It is that sound science must play a crucial role in decision-making if we are to make wise choices on how we engage with and preserve our outdoor treasures for all of us.”
Goodman-Collins will join the League on Feb. 6. She and her husband, a hospitality industry veteran, will relocate from their home in the Bay Area. Upon her arrival, interim Executive Director Carl Young will return to his former role as League program director.
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