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Local executive tapped for Yuba River organization

Today the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) announces the hiring of a new Development Director to continue and expand SYRCL’s 25-year history of protecting and restoring the Yuba River and the greater Yuba Watershed.

Krista Thomas will lead the public benefit organization’s fund raising activities, focusing on building SYRCL’s membership base, attracting new major gifts, and supporting SYRCL’s premiere event, the Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival.

“We’re delighted to add Krista to SYRCL’s leadership team. She has a proven track record in fund development, sharp fiscal acumen, decades of experience in the environmental movement, a passion for arts and culture, and a great sense of humor. Krista’s a perfect fit for SYRCL and our community,” states Jason Rainey, SYRCL Executive Director.



Most recently, Krista Thomas served as Executive Director for the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, a position she held since 2005. Her professional career includes over 25 years supporting youth development and on-the-ground conservation projects through local conservation corps, including a position as Deputy Director with the Marin Conservation Corps from 2000-2005. Krista also served on SYRCL’s Board of Directors since 2007, a role that she’s stepping down from to allow for her full commitment to SYRCL as a staff member.

SYRCL’s Board President, Kim Milligan, states, “As a Board member and Treasurer of the organization, Krista was instrumental to SYRCL at the governance level. Our Board unanimously supports this shift in Krista’s role, in which she will build upon SYRCL’s remarkable base of community support for the Yuba.”




Krista will officially begin as Development Director on September 16th, just days before SYRCL’s 25th anniversary celebration”SYRCL Soleil”an event that showcases SYRCL’s vibrant volunteer base with the 11th Annual Great Yuba Clean Up in the morning, followed by a free festival in Pioneer Park including live music, a SYRCL retrospective, kids activities, food vendors and the signature community spirit that defines SYRCL.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with he board and staff at SYRCL. This is a wonderful opportunity for me to use my professional skills in support of one of Nevada County’s premiere nonprofit organizations and to become more deeply involved in the protection of our local environmental treasures.”

Founded in 1983, SYRCL’s mission is to protect and restore the Yuba River and the greater Yuba Watershed. Through programs in RiverScience, RiverPeople, RiverTeachers and the Yuba Strategy, we organize our advocacy for a clean and thriving Yuba through three campaigns: Save Yuba Salmon, River Restoration through Dam Re-Licensing, and Protect Yuba Headwaters.


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