Isabel Hardesty
DEPUTY Director or 410.810.7556 ext 279

As Deputy Director, Isabel works with staff to coordinate restoration, outreach, advocacy, and fundraising efforts across ShoreRivers’ region. Isabel is a member of the Board of Directors for Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, Inc.

Isabel was hired in 2011 by the Chester River Association, one of ShoreRivers’ legacy organizations, where she served as the Policy Specialist for two years and then as the Chester Riverkeeper for four. In these positions she gained experience in local and state advocacy, local enforcement monitoring and compliance, water quality monitoring, and on-the-ground restoration. Previously, Isabel worked for the Ocean Conservancy in Washington D.C. conducting research in to the impacts of trash, eco-tourism, and renewable energies on ocean ecosystems.

Isabel received a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University, where she concentrated in coastal environmental management, and a B.S. from Bucknell University with a major in Animal Behavior. In 2011-2012 she completed Leading From Within, a leadership training course through the Institute for Conservation Leadership. She currently participates in an Executive Director Training Network initially funded through the Chesapeake Bay Trust.