(ANNAPOLIS, MD) – The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) has named Josh Kurtz as its new Maryland Executive Director. Kurtz joins CBF after serving as the policy and government relations director for The Nature Conservancy in Maryland. Kurtz previously led advocacy campaigns at the Maryland General Assembly and D.C. City Council to generate support for environmental conservation and policies to reduce climate change.

In his new role, Kurtz will lead CBF staff in Annapolis and Easton as they workon policies and legislation aimed at helping Maryland reach its 2025 Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint pollution reduction goals.This includes effortstoplant more trees, conserveforested land, help farmers make environmental improvements, green cities, and ensurethe state maintains sustainable fisheries.Kurtz will also oversee the Maryland office’s work to add millions more oysters to the Bay and promoteregenerativeagriculture throughout the statewith tree plantings and farm restoration projects.

“It’s my pleasure to welcome Joshto CBF and our Maryland team,” said Alison Prost, CBF Vice President for Environmental Protection and Restoration. “Hebrings with himbroad experienceaddressing Chesapeake Bay pollution issues in Marylandat the state and local levels.His work will focus on engaging the community, educating decision-makers, andstrengthening the state’s environmental policy and regulations.”

Kurtz, aCrownsvilleresident,worked at The Nature Conservancy from 2013 until joining CBF this month.He has a master’s degree in public policy from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree in wildlife conservation from the University of Delaware. Kurtz willfill Prost’s previous position after she was promoted to oversee CBF’s watershed-wide environmental protection and restoration efforts.

“Maryland is working hard to meet the state’s 2025 Chesapeake Bay cleanup goals and these next four years will be key to ensuring the progress we’ve made so far becomes permanent,” said Kurtz. “We need to protect forested land, plant trees, minimize stormwater runoff in cities and towns, and ensure farmers continue to reduce polluted runoff flowing off agricultural land. I’m honored to have the opportunity to join CBF’s Maryland team in this important work.”

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