about south river federation
November 30, 2017
 
The Board of Directors of the South River Federation is pleased to announce that Elizabeth (Liz) Buxton has been named its new Executive Director.The Federation has grown rapidly in the last five years, increasing its accomplishments within the watershed and expanding community support. 
 
“We feel very fortunate to have found a leader with extensive experience in directing and managing environmental non-profits to lead the Federation during this exciting growth phase,” said Tom Reinert, South River Federation Board Chair. 
 
Liz brings 15 years of experience leading several Maryland non-profit conservation organizations including Maryland Environmental Trust, Scenic Maryland and Valleys Planning Council in Towson. She also served as a cultural resource consultant for Maryland State Highways Administration. Liz most recently served as Executive Director of Bluegrass Land Conservancy in Kentucky, where she oversaw the merger of two regional land trusts. A graduate of the College of Charleston in South Carolina, she earned a B.A. in Fine Arts with a concentration in Architectural History and Preservation. 
 
“I am thrilled to return to Maryland to lead the Federation's effort to restore and celebrate the South River”, Buxton said. “I look forward to working with the community to build on the Federation’s past successes and continue to expand its programs to improve water quality with science-driven projects and education. I am honored to serve as the next executive director of such an effective, high impact organization”. 
With more than 20 years working in the environmental non-profit management field, Liz has demonstrated success in several key areas including strategic planning, fundraising, financial management, volunteer engagement, and special event planning. During her tenure as Director of Maryland Environmental Trust (MET), Liz facilitated the permanent protection of 12,800 acres of open space with over 100 conservation easements.
 
Throughout her career, she has always been focused on enhancing and protecting natural, historic and scenic resources for present and future generations. Liz has a working knowledge of both land and water conservation issues including Watershed Improvement Plans, easements and the long-term stewardship of natural and water resources. 
 
A native of the Tidewater region of Virginia, Liz calls Maryland home and will reside in the Annapolis area with her family and dog, Raven. She plays competitive tennis and enjoys hiking, sailing and all things water related. Liz’s first day on the job will be January 2, 2018.