Shana Udvardy directs flood management policy for American Rivers and has a particular expertise in nonstructural, green infrastructure solutions to reducing flood risk. She spearheads federal flood management policy initiatives and works with members of Congress, relevant government agencies, and other decision-makers to advocate for 21st Century solutions to flood risk management to increase resiliency in a changing climate. She also works on the Upper Mississippi River Basin and coordinates with American Rivers’ field efforts in California, the Mid-Atlantic, and the Pacific Northwest. Prior to joining American Rivers, Udvardy led the Georgia Conservancy’s water program and the Georgia Water Coalition’s advocacy efforts that helped establish a comprehensive statewide water plan for Georgia and badly needed state water conservation policies. She also previously worked for the Smithsonian’s Monitoring and Assessment of Biodiversity program where she led a comprehensive biodiversity assessment and monitoring program in Perú. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua where she worked with farmers to improve soil and water conservation practices. She received a Master of Science in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development Program from the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Political Science at Syracuse University.

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