FRWA announces new Executive Director

The Farmington River Watershed Association (FRWA) is excited to welcome William (Bill) Dornbos as our new Executive Director! Since last year, the FRWA Board of Directors has been conducting an extensive national search for new senior leadership. We were gratified to have received a strong response from many highly-qualified candidates, and on behalf of FRWA, I am now extremely pleased to announce that Bill will be joining FRWA, effective March 11, 2019.

A seasoned environmental advocate and attorney, Bill comes to FRWA after serving as the Advocacy Director for the Acadia Center, a regional environmental nonprofit that works on clean energy and climate issues. Bill’s responsibilities included developing advocacy strategies and tactics, managing Acadia Center’s advocates throughout the Northeast, and ensuring high impact and visibility.  Prior to joining the Acadia Center, Bill helped run the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy as its Associate Director, assisted leadership at the Natural Resources Defense Council as a Special Executive Aide, and pursued environmental litigation at the Environmental Protection Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s Office.

“I’m thrilled to be joining FRWA,” said Dornbos. “Leading FRWA is an honor, and I’m eager to apply my advocacy and legal skills to the critical mission of protecting and restoring one of Connecticut’s most important and precious natural resources, the Farmington River. I very much look forward to working with the Board, staff, and watershed communities to sustain the River and to grow support for FRWA’s efforts.”

Bill holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School, an MS from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment and a BA from Carleton College.  Bill resides in West Hartford with his wife, Elizabeth, and two daughters, Talia and Sanna.

Please join me and our dedicated Board and staff in welcoming Bill to FRWA. I know we can count on your continued support as we begin this next chapter in preservation, conservation and recreational use of our beautiful river.

David Donaldson, Chair
FRWA Board of Directors