We Are Columbia Riverkeeper: Meet Our Staff

Columbia at Sunset

Columbia Riverkeeper is a proud fiscal sponsor of Comunidades, an organization amplifying social and environmental justice in the Columbia River Gorge


Deena T. Grossman

Columbia Riverkeeper is a pioneer in many ways, not the least of which is being an environmental non-profit with a volunteer Composer-in-Residence.

Meet the Board

Riverkeeper’s Board of Directors oversees the organization’s conservation goals and policies, finances, and public relations.


Our mission is to protect and restore the Columbia River and all life connected to it.

Staff team photo
Staff gathering 2023

Congresswoman Elizabeth Furse announced the formation of Columbia Riverkeeper on Earth Day, 2000. But currents run deeper than 2000. Columbia River United, led by Greg and Cyndy DeBruler, formed in 1989 in the Gorge, and Congresswoman Furse started Clean Water Columbia in Portland in 1997. The two groups merged to create one voice to protect the mighty river: Columbia Riverkeeper.