(RICHMOND, VA)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) has named Peggy Sanner as its Virginia executive director, effective Jan. 1. Sanner has served for many years as CBF’s Virginia assistant director and senior attorney, providing legal and policy guidance on water quality and related environmental issues and working closely with members of successive gubernatorial administrations, key legislators, state regulators, local governments, and stakeholders.
In her new role as Virginia executive director, Sanner will lead CBF staff in Richmond, Hampton Roads, and across the Commonwealth as they work on legislation and policy initiatives with elected officials, environmental restoration, fisheries issues, and citizen outreach and advocacy.
“For nearly 10 years, Peggy’s incredible work at CBF has contributed to environmental achievements in Virginia’s General Assembly, state agencies, and the courts,” said Lisa Feldt, CBF Vice President for Environmental Protection and Restoration. “Our region is now at a critical juncture for clean water. Having Peggy at the helm of CBF’s strong Virginia team will be a great benefit to Virginia’s efforts to restore our rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay.”
Before joining CBF, Sanner began practicing law in Philadelphia at Morgan Lewis & Bockius and later served as counsel with Reed Smith in Richmond. An active member of the Virginia bar, she received her law degree from Rutgers University and holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Swarthmore College, respectively. She resides in Richmond.
“Virginia has made significant progress in restoring the Chesapeake Bay and other waterways and has a sound plan to meet that goal by 2025. Strong leadership from Governor Northam and growing momentum in the General Assembly inspire great confidence,” Sanner said. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to work with CBF’s Virginia team in bringing about a legacy of clean water for future generations.”