Erica Shanks, Green Riverkeeper and Watershed Outreach Coordinator

Erica is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Spanish and Broadcast Journalism and two reputable leadership programs. She also holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. Throughout her collegiate experience, she found her passion for helping others while studying abroad in Mexico for three summers and living with amazing host families. After graduation, she spent time serving as an Americorps*VISTA Member in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where she fell in love with the conservation world and local food movement. For the past 10 years, Erica has worked in the agricultural field supporting new and beginning farmers, managing farmer’s markets, running her own small farm business, and advocating for the protection of farmland for future beginning farmers. She traveled to Patagonia, Chile to volunteer with Conservacion Patagonica to learn about farming practices with a heavy focus on protecting ecosystems and regenerating the land while growing food. Erica is passionate about her rescue pittie, Fergie, hiking, backpacking, learning about new plants and mushrooms, anything on the water, and local food!