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Scenic Rivers Land Trust names Joan Renner president of the board

Joan Renner, CFO of The Brick Cos. In Edgewater, has been named President of Scenic Rivers Land Trust’s Board of Directors.
Joan Renner, CFO of The Brick Cos. In Edgewater, has been named President of Scenic Rivers Land Trust’s Board of Directors. (JanGratz)

Joan Renner, chief financial officer of The Brick Cos., has been named president of the Board of Directors at the Scenic Rivers Land Trust, an Annapolis-based environmental nonprofit.

Renner, who joined Scenic Rivers’ board in 2017, served as the board treasurer prior to being elected as president in June. She has worked for Edgewater-based developer since 2001, starting as their vice president of finance and taking over as CFO in 2003.

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In addition to her work with Scenic Rivers, Renner has served as President of the Board of Directors of Commercial Real Estate for Women’s Baltimore Chapter and was President of the PTA at Crofton Middle School. She currently serves as the Treasurer of The Brick Companies Foundation and is a board member of Maryland Hall.

“Joan has been an incredible addition to our board since day one,” said Sarah Knebel, Scenic Rivers Executive Director. “As a leader, she is dedicated and hands-on. Her financial expertise and external board experience have been vital to ensuring our stability during the current crisis. We are fortunate to have her taking the lead at this critical time.”

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Renner succeeds in Annapolis-based science writer and editor Nina Fisher. Fisher was a member of the board for eight years and served as president since 2015.

Scenic Rivers Land Trust works to protect forests, wetlands, farmlands, and other open spaces in Anne Arundel County. It holds 69 conservation easements on 3,124 acres of land.

In addition to Renner, Phil Dales of Liff, Walsh & Simmons; Abbi Huntzinger, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay; Anne Arundel County restoration projects manager Joe Ports; and attorney Paul Zanecki also joined the board.

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