The Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed is guided by a Steering Committee made up of local, regional, and national organizations.

Steering Committee

Amanda John
National Parks Conservation Association

Grant La Rouche
National Wildlife Federation

Kelly Mooij
New Jersey Audubon

Jay Andrews

Sue Myerov
Pennsylvania Environmental Council

Ed Potosnak
New Jersey League of Conservation Voters

Gail Farmer
Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association

Emma Melvin
American Littoral Society

Liz Deardorff
American Rivers

Diane Rosencrance
Delaware Highlands Conservancy

Brenna Goggin
Delaware Nature Society

Kyle Rorah
Ducks Unlimited

Jeff Skelding
Friends of the Upper Delaware River

Alan Hunt
Musconetcong Watershed Association

2016 Annual Member Meeting at Tulpehaking Nature Center in Trenton, NJ.

2016 Annual Member Meeting at Tulpehaking Nature Center in Trenton, NJ.

Our Staff

Madeline Urbish, Director

Madeline (Maddy) Urbish joined the Coalition as its Director in 2015. Prior to her position with the Coalition, Maddy worked for a consulting firm in Washington D.C. specializing in water resources and worked for a U.S. Representative from California. Maddy also spent several years managing coalitions in the greater Trenton area while working at The College of New Jersey, and worked for a New Jersey State Assemblywoman prior to her tenure at the College. Maddy holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and History from The College of New Jersey and earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Pennsylvania's Fels Institute of Government.


Madeline Emde, State Policy Manager

Madeline Emde joined the Coalition in 2014 and serves as State Policy Manager. Prior to her position with the Coalition, Madeline worked as a Program Assistant for the Bureau of Endangered Resources at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Madeline holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from The College of New Jersey and a Master of Science degree in Water Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Madeline is a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program's 2016 Delaware River Watershed Network.


Rita Yelda, Outreach & Communications Manager

Rita Yelda joined the Coalition in 2017 as Outreach & Communications Manager. Rita has previously held positions at Planned Parenthood of Northern, Central, and Southern NJ/Planned Parenthood Action Fund of NJ, Environmental Advocates of NY/EPL, Family Support Line, and Food & Water Watch in New York and New Jersey. Her professional background includes developing and implementing plans for nonprofit communications and issue advocacy. Rita holds a B.A. in Sociology, Minor in Environment & Society, and a B.S. in Fashion & Textile Technology from SUNY Buffalo State.


Katharina Miguel, Project Coordinator

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Katharina Miguel joined the Coalition in 2017 as Project Coordinator. She began her career in environmental protection as a policy and outreach intern at the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters. She has previously conducted field research in the Philippines and has partnered with the co-producer of Antarctic Edge: 70° South to create a documentary presenting the current impacts of climate change. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Rutgers University, and spent time recruiting volunteers for international community development projects while in school.


Photograph by Tony Fisher.