Trout Unlimited President and CEO Chris Wood announced today the promotion of Elizabeth Maclin to the organization’s executive vice president position. Maclin has worked for TU for eight years as its vice president for eastern conservation. Keith Curley, the current director of government affairs, will be promoted to the senior staff and take Maclin’s former eastern conservation post.
“Elizabeth is a top hand who has grown the eastern conservation staff from about six to about 43 in the span of eight years,” Wood said of Maclin, who holds MS and MBA degrees from the University of Michigan and has overseen several major conservation victories in the eastern U.S. since coming to TU in 2007. “Not only does this speak to the great work that Elizabeth has done over the years, it shows our members and the conservation community that women continue to have a prominent presence in TU’s leadership. She earned this opportunity, and I’m very proud to give her even more responsibility.”
Maclin’s work includeshe successful effort to organize anglers and hunters to promote responsible energy practices in the face of shale gas development across Central Appalachian states. She’s also been deeply involved in recovery efforts for Atlantic salmon through the Penobscot River Restoration Project in Maine and for native brook trout throughout Appalachia as well as the ongoing restoration efforts to restore trout waters impacted by major storm events such as Irene and Sandy.
In her new role, Maclin will oversee much of TU’s business operations, and she will help coordinate the organization’s strategic opportunities as put forth in TU’s newly finalized strategic plan.
“I’m looking forward to these new responsibilities,” Maclin said. “It gives me the opportunity to help shape TU’s future and, with the growth we’ve experienced in recent years, allow TU to continue building upon our work to protect the places our members love to fish while reconnecting and restoring waters for coming generations.”
Curley, who started at TU a decade ago as an intern, will move into Maclin’s former post as vice president for eastern conservation. Curley has worked in numerous positions at TU, including working on public lands issues, managing relationships with foundations and, most recently, as the director of government affairs under Vice President for Government Affairs, Steve Moyer.
“Keith was simply too good to lose a decade ago when he first came to TU,” Wood said. “He has continued to prosper in every position he’s held—he has earned the opportunity to take over our work on the East Coast, and I am confident that he will continue the great work Elizabeth has done over the years.”
“This is an amazing opportunity for me,” Curley said. “The team we have assembled here on the East Coast is the best there is, and I’m thrilled to have the chance to help them meet their goals and work to make fishing better by protecting and improving trout habitat in the region.”
Both Maclin and Curley will begin their new positions in mid-March.
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