Two New Experts Join MyRWA'S Board of Directors

The Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) is pleased to announce the addition of Rose Fennell and Mark Rodgers to the Board of Directors in May 2019.

"Rose and Mark bring a depth of experience and a passion for improving their local environment that will enhance the work of the Mystic River Watershed Association,” said Patrick Herron, Executive Director of MyRWA. “The important work of restoring and transforming our Mystic River watershed depends on a strong and robust Board of Directors. Rose and Mark are key additions to this already strong group.”

Rose Fennell has been the Deputy Regional Director for the Northeast Region of the National Park Service since January 2016. She is one of two deputy regional directors assigned to the region. Based in Boston, she oversees operations for parks and programs located in New England, including upstate and central New York, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine. Prior to joining the National Park Service, Rose was a Washington DC lobbyist working on issues of environmental justice, wilderness, and youth employment in the field of conservation.

"Throughout my career, I have worked to make parks and programming accessible to all community members, said Rose. “Our parks make our communities more livable, healthier and even more equitable. I am excited to bring my expertise to the efforts of the Mystic River Watershed Association.”

Mark Rodgers has been working locally in the energy communications field for twenty years. Mark is a Communications Manager at Exelon Generation which owns and operates two energy facilities along the Mystic River in Everett—both facilities are longtime supporters and sponsors of MyRWA. Previously, Mark was the Communications Director of Cape Wind, the nation’s first proposed offshore wind energy project. Mark is a graduate of The George Washington University and is a lifelong Massachusetts resident.

“I am inspired by the leadership and vision the Mystic River Watershed Association brings to sustain and enhance this important watershed and I am excited to support their mission at a deeper level,” said Mark.

The Mystic River Watershed Association was founded in 1972 to protect and restore natural resources in the 22-community watershed north of Boston. MyRWA is led by professional staff and also organizes thousands of volunteers working together on a project-by-project basis. Rose and Mark join the 12 sitting board members. The board is charged with organizational oversight, leadership in strategic planning and connecting to the wider community.