Kate Fritz

Kate Fritz (Photo courtesy South River Federation / June 30, 2014)

The South River Federation has named Kate Fritz as the organization’s new executive director.

Fritz has worked most recently as the sustainability coordinator for Prince George’s County’s planning department. Her work included updating the county’s land-use policy plan to manage growth over the next two decades.

The South River Federation is a nonprofit organization that monitors the health of the river, educates residents about the river and advocates for the river. The federation employs a full-time riverkeeper who patrols and monitors the South River.

Fritz also is active in Anne Arundel County’s Watershed Stewards Academy, which trains local residents in environmental issues and teaches them how to lead pollution-reduction efforts in their communities. Fritz is vice-chairwoman of the academy’s board of directors.

Fritz holds a master’s degree in environmental management from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in natural resources management from Virginia Tech, according to the federation.

Fritz takes over the job of executive director on July 7. The previous executive director, Erik Michelsen, left the organization for a job with the Anne Arundel County government overseeing projects that are funded by the new stormwater fees.

—Pamela Wood