Under The Shimoda Group’s leadership, our organization weathered economic uncertainty and political upheaval. Using her knowledge of all aspects of river management, amazing interpersonal skills, leadership and organizational abilities, Risa has brought about substantive positive change as our part-time Executive Director. She has guided the River Management Society to a more secure financial future by replacing undependable sources of general funding with fees for services for work strategically aligned with partners, members and early career professionals. Risa has initiated, led and completed several major projects including a major effort to develop safety signage for an interagency river project in Colorado that can serve as a national model of communication with those most at risk, young men who see themselves as invincible. She has also secured funding, partners, data, staff for the www.NationalRiversProject.com, an ambitious and innovative resource for individuals shopping for diverse river experiences. For these and other projects, her vision has come to fruition with excellent products. Through Risa’s guidance and leadership, River Management Society remains focused on our mission, expanding our services to meet the needs of those who study, protect and manage North America’s Rivers.
~ Helen Clough, President River Management Society