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Diversity Workgroup

Scope and Purpose

The Diversity Workgroup was formed following the signing of the new Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement and is tasked with developing the Management Strategy associated with the Diversity Outcome. The workgroup's goal is to identify stakeholder groups that are not currently represented in the leadership, decision-making and implementation of conservation and restoration activities and create meaningful opportunities and programs to recruit and engage them in the Bay Program's efforts.


  • James Edward (Chair), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Reggie Parrish (Staff), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Christopher Becraft (Staff), Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Kristen Fleming (Staff), Maryland Department of Natural Resources

  • Jamie Baxter, Chesapeake Bay Funders Network
  • Russ Baxter, Virginia Office of Natural Resources
  • Karen Bennett, Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife
  • Jessica Blackburn, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Citizens’ Advisory Committee
  • Sally Claggett, U.S. Forest Service (USFS)
  • Diane Davis, District of Columbia Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE)
  • Frank Dawson, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Suzanne Etgen, Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center
  • Melissa Fagan, Chesapeake Research Consortium
  • Jack Farster, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
  • Mary Gattis, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
  • Bill Jenkins, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region 3
  • Julie Mawhorter, U.S. Forest Service (USFS)
  • Mamie Parker, Chesapeake Conservancy
  • Regina Poeske, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Amy Robins, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
  • John Schneider, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
  • Susan Spielberger, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Victor Ukpolo, State of Maryland
  • Tom Wenz, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Kristen Wolf, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection


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