STAMFORD, Conn. – Stamford native David Wilkins has been chosen as the new director of development for the Connecticut Fund for the Environment and its bi-state program, Save the Sound.
Wilkins brings to the organization more than 20 years of experience fundraising for land and water conservation, including annual operations, capital campaigns and capacity building. Previously, he served as development director with Western Rivers Conservancy and with Oregon Wild. He began his career at River Network, a national river conservation organization and is a former board member of Earth Share of Oregon and Urban Water Works. He grew up in Stamford and the Hartford area and holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the College of Wooster in Ohio.
“I’m excited to return to Connecticut with the experience I’ve gained on the West Coast,” said Wilkins. “CFE/Save the Sound’s holistic approach to protecting and enhancing the land, air and water of Connecticut and Long Island Sound appeals to me. As I’ve learned in years of working in river and land conservation, everything is connected. I hope to build a robust, multi-generational base of members to win key environmental victories in 2016 and in the decades to come.”
Save the Sound’s former director of development, Karen Baar, remains with the organization as director of grants.
Wilkins’ hire is part of a comprehensive vision to grow CFE/Save the Sound and make it a more impactful organization. The organization is currently hiring for a director of membership and marketing, a climate and energy attorney and several outreach positions.
Over the last year, CFE/Save the Sound has done the following:
- Taken legal action stop bacterial contamination of Westchester County’s waters
- Co-founded the Save Oswegatchie Hills Coalition
- Launched the CT Share the Sun campaign to expand clean energy access to all
- Partnered with over 60 organizations and U.S. senators to protect Plum Island’s endangered species
- Played a key role on the Governor’s Council on Climate Change
- Launched SoundHealthExplorer.org, an interactive online tool to track water quality on Long Island Sound beaches
- Removed old dams in New Haven and Mystic to restore migratory fish access