Catawba Riverkeeper is excited to welcome Vanessa Covington to our full time staff!

Vanessa brings a wealth of experience in the environmental movement in the Charlotte region and will lead the organization’s efforts around Education and Engagement as well as its growing retail offerings.

Before Catawba Riverkeeper, she was with Carolina Thread Trail and Catawba Lands Conservancy as the Engagement and Volunteer Manager and before that the Charlotte Market Outreach Specialist for REI and Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.

Vanessa graduated from Bradley University with a degree in communications. She lives in Charlotte with her husband and two young children and enjoys kayaking, hiking, camping and hopes to rock climb again with her children as they get older.

Executive Director John Searby says “We are so thrilled to have Vanessa join our team at Catawba Riverkeeper. Our education and engagement programs have grown exponentially over the past two years and having someone of Vanessa’s caliber coordinating the efforts and maximizing the efficiencies of those two important mission pillars is going to allow us to expand our impact and connect to our communities and residents.”  

Read Vanessa’s bio and learn about other staff members here.