In May 2022, Emma Helverson stepped into a new role as Wild Fish Conservancy's Executive Director after previously serving as the Director of Communications and leading WFC's diverse public outreach, coalition building, and grassroots advocacy initiatives.
Born and raised on the East Coast, Emma was first introduced to the beauty of wild fish while conducting field research in the backcountry of Alaska with the Aquatic Restoration and Research Institute (ARRI). From here she went on to live and work in Vermont, where she worked with a variety of non-profits dedicated to improving public health and environmental conservation. In these roles she taught farm-based education in public schools, was the lead grassroots organizer on a high-profile state-wide public health campaign, and worked as the membership coordinator for the Vermont Public Interest Research Group’s 40,000 members.
Emma graduated from Allegheny College in western Pennsylvania where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science. She moved to Seattle in 2017 where she lives with her girlfriend Nikki, two cats, and pup Archie.