The Board of Directors of the Nashua River Watershed Association is pleased to announce our new Executive Director, Jennifer L. Keegan. Jen comes to NRWA from a career as an attorney working on environmental and social justice issues. Most recently, Jen worked as the Managing Attorney for Development at Northeast Legal Aid in Lawrence. In addition to her management responsibilities, she wrote successful grants for large federal programs, and launched an Environmental Justice Unit. Jen has also worked as Senior Regional Counsel for MA Department of Environmental Protection focused on enforcement of state Superfund laws, groundwater contamination, and remedial action at the Fort Devens Army Installation Facility. Prior to her time at MA DEP, Jen worked in Washington, DC for the US Environmental Protection Agency, the US Department of Justice, and the private law firm Mayer, Brown, all with a focus on environmental law. Jen received her Juris Doctor from the University of Notre Dame Law School, with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Wellesley College.
“Jennifer will bring a diversity of skills to this position that the Board recognized would be extremely valuable in leading the NRWA forward in the coming decades,” stated Lucy Wallace, NRWA Board President. “We feel fortunate that Jen selected the NRWA as the capstone of her career and look forward to working with her for many years to come.”
“I’m thrilled to work with the NRWA team on issues facing our watershed, from non-point source pollution, to wilderness conservation," Jen said. "I hope to begin exploring environmental justice issues facing our low income communities in the watershed, as well.”
Jen lives with her family in Concord, MA. She enjoys New England’s hiking trails, outdoor beauty, and rich history. She’s looking forward to getting out paddling on Nashua River in the spring.
Jen will take the helm of the NRWA as Executive Director on January 3, 2023, as Elizabeth Ainsley Campbell retires from the position. We hope you will join us in making Jen welcome at the NRWA and in the Nashua River watershed.