Two Riverkeeper staff members are taking on new responsibilities! Both Greg Nance and Claire Atkins-Davis have new job titles for the new year.
Greg Nance is now the Engagement Manager! As Engagement Manager, Greg is responsible for many of the activities that connect the general public with the work of Catawba Riverkeeper and its mission. Greg oversees and manages the organization’s kayak rental operations, ecotours, paddling instruction program, and other on-the-water activities. Greg also works closely with the Education Coordinator to provide on-the-water activities for educational programs. Additionally, Greg is responsible for management of Catawba Riverkeeper’s clean-up programs including leading the annual basin-wide Riversweep, coordinating tactical and corporate clean-ups, and leading the Litter Gitter crew.
Greg grew up in Asheboro, NC close to the Uwharrie River where he developed his passion for the water. He moved to the Charlotte area in 2008 to pursue a career in the whitewater industry. He now has over a decade of experience working on and exploring rivers and creeks in the southeastern United States and as far west as the Grand Canyon.
Over the years, Greg has participated and organized river cleanups in various basins. He started with the Catawba Riverkeeper as a volunteer and eventually became an Ambassador, Water Watcher, and then employee of the Litter Gitter project. In 2020, Greg took over leadership of the Litter Gitter program and was promoted to Engagement Manager in 2021. When he is not working Greg enjoys spending time with his wife and son in the outdoors and planning his next big adventure.
Claire Atkins-Davis, is now the Watershed Resilience Manager! As Watershed Resilience Manager, Claire works to advance the mission of the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation through landscape-scale riverine habitat monitoring and restoration in order to enhance resilience throughout the watershed. In this role, Claire works in collaboration with local, regional, and national partners to advocate for both state and federal action that will monitor and restore critical habitat throughout the basin protecting people, wildlife, and the resiliency of our water. Claire writes and oversees grants related to habitat enhancement, stream and shoreline restoration, and water quality improvement programs in the Catawba-Wateree river basin. She works closely with other Riverkeeper program staff, grant and coalition partners, local municipalities, landowners, educational institutions, restoration companies, public policy representatives, geospatial analysts, and hydrological experts to achieve the desired outcomes of approved projects. In addition, Claire is responsible for the operation and management of the organization’s popular Swim Guide Program every summer.
Claire graduated with her Master’s in Environmental Management from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, which allowed her to pursue technical, political and ecological components for effective natural resource management. During the pursuit of her graduate degree in Coastal Environmental Management, Claire also received a certificate in Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
She previously attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where she received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish.
Claire began her career at Catawba Riverkeeper in 2020 as Technical Manager and GIS Specialist before transitioning into her current role in January 2021. In her spare time Claire loves enjoying the outdoors hiking, biking, kayaking, camping and going to concerts. Claire was born on Earth Day and has always felt a responsibility to protect the environment and restoring critical ecosystem services.