(RICHMOND, VA)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is pleased to announce Rebecca LePrell as the new Executive Director for the Virginia office. LePrell previously served for six years as Environmental Epidemiology Division Director for the Virginia Department of Health. On November 30 she started her new position at CBF directing the Bay Foundation's policy, advocacy, and restoration efforts in Virginia.
In her previous position, LePrell oversaw a staff working on a variety of environmental health issues across Virginia, often closely linked to water quality concerns. For example, she led efforts for Virginia's coastal beach monitoring program, harmful algal bloom surveillance, and fish consumption advisories. LePrell previously worked on environmental health issues at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as in a contractual capacity for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She has earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia and a master's in public health from Emory University.
"Rebecca is a natural fit to head CBF's Virginia office considering her stellar record as a leader in environmental health issues," said Kim Coble, CBF Vice President of Environmental Protection and Restoration. "Her valuable experience working on the health threats from dirty water aligns perfectly with CBF's efforts to clean up Virginia's rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay. While Virginia has made progress toward meeting its goals under the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, there's still a lot of work to do. Rebecca and our top-notch Virginia staff are continuing our commitment to ensuring clean water for all Virginians."
LePrell says that her background gives her a unique perspective on how our natural environment affects our health. "I believe what's good for the Bay is ultimately good for our health," LePrell said. "I am dedicated to working with our partners, members, and decision makers in Virginia for cleaner and healthier waterways across the Commonwealth. Above all, I'm proud to advocate for a cause close to the heart of so many Virginians."