Forest Hill, MD (Aug. 19, 2020) –
The Forever Maryland Foundation is proud to announce the appointment of Wendy Stringfellow as its President. Wendy has served as the Acting Executive Director of Forever Maryland since 2019 and, in this role, she guided all aspects of the launch of this new nongovernmental organization,
which was created to advance land conservation statewide in Maryland. Under Wendy’s professional leadership, Forever Maryland has positioned itself as the leading Maryland-focused public charitable organization dedicated to encouraging a broader interest in preserving and protecting the state’s cherished natural resources.
“After a thorough national search conducted by Koya Leadership Partners, the Board of Directors, by unanimous decision, is pleased to welcome Wendy Stringfellow as the President of Forever Maryland. Wendy inspires the Board members with her vision, work ethic, connections, leadership and knowledge of land conservation and the land trust community in Maryland,” said Board Chair Steve Quarles. “She’s a trailblazer who has already demonstrated the impact that Forever Maryland will have by her work with Partners for Open Space, the Maryland Land Trust Advisory Council, the Heart of Maryland Conservation Alliance, and the Keep Maryland Beautiful Grants Program.”
Wendy stated, “I am excited to be Forever Maryland’s first President and to have this opportunity to lead the Foundation’s efforts as the statewide voice and advocate for land conservation. I look forward to supporting the efforts of Maryland’s state and local land trusts, landowners, and conservationists.” She added, “We are rolling out innovative initiatives and programs to elevate awareness and action that ensure Maryland’s valuable land and water resources will be enjoyed for generations to come by everyone who lives and works in – and visits – our great state.”
Before joining Forever Maryland, Wendy worked for Maryland Environmental Trust for seven years overseeing development, communications and the Keep Maryland Beautiful grants program. She holds a Masters degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Ithaca College. She lives in Baltimore County with her family and dog Chessie and in her free time enjoys traveling, playing tennis and hiking.
Forever Maryland Foundation, created in 2018 by leaders in the public, private, and voluntary sectors as a public charitable organization to advance land conservation in Maryland with the philanthropic support of individuals and families, foundations, and corporate sponsors as well as public sector funds. Its mission is to forge networks of diverse collaborators to provide pathways for all generations to connect with and care for the beautiful and vitally important lands and waters of Maryland that sustain healthy, vibrant, and economically resilient communities.