Christopher J. Fox
Born and raised in Cumberland, RI WPWA executive director Chris Fox was transplanted into the watershed in 1996 after graduating from the University of Rhode Island. His diverse studies in soils, geology, forestry, and wildlife biology earned him a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Development. His time at URI’s Coastal Resources Center allowed him to work on international projects that focused on the fragile interactions between fresh and salt water. This was just the beginning of his diverse journey to WPWA. After a decade of working in public service and safety as well as construction and other fields Chris found his home at WPWA.
Here he is able to unify all his experience and promote his love for southern New England’s waterways. The position allows him to employ his unique skill set while providing limitless avenues to learn and grow. With the boundless support of the WPWA board of directors and staff, the organization has made significant headway since he took the helm in March of 2008. Chris is proud to represent such an outstanding organization and has proven to be an asset to its members.
In his much younger days, Chris paddled by the very building that he now works in as part of a camp canoe trip. This experience in part drives Chris’s desire to educate children about watershed science. What little free time that he has, he spends with his family and exploring nature.
Kassi joined WPWA in December 2018 as the “Wild & Scenic Rivers Coordinator”. She coordinates the Wild & Scenic Rivers Stewardship Council comprised of representatives from watershed towns, state and federal agencies and select conservation organizations. As part of this role she leads educational, recreational and promotional programs that ensure the outstandingly remarkable values that earned our rivers their “Wild and Scenic Rivers” National Park Service status remain protected.
Kassi graduated from Roanoke College with a bachelor degree in Political Science and a minor in Environmental Policy. Before she came home to WPWA she worked in the field of environmental education and advocacy for several other conservation organizations. Along the way she earned several awards and certifications that demonstrated she was ready to assume the role of a leader in watershed science and stewardship.
One reason Kassi thrives in her role at WPWA is because she grew up in the woods of West Greenwich, RI and on the coast in North Kingstown, RI. During this time her sister and nephews led her to horseback riding and outdoor explorations. Those early connections made with the natural world are what drove her back to the watershed where she enjoys having Arcadia Management Area right in her back yard. Having direct access to Arcadia from her ranch is just as important to her horse Noah. When Kassi isn’t trail riding with Noah she enjoys hiking, kayaking, reading and vegetable gardening. But she is happy to put all that aside to tend to family whenever she is needed, or just to enjoy some quiet time alongside a river.