The Nature Conservancy in Pennsylvania and Delaware Welcomes Sophia Smecker to its Board of Trustees

A snowy egret walks through a marsh brightly lit by sunshine.
Snowy Egret A snowy egret at Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge. © Ray Hennessy/Upsplash

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The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Pennsylvania and Delaware today announced that Sophia Smecker has been elected to its Board of Trustees for a three-year term effective July 1.

Smecker is the Senior Marketing and Events Manager at Boston Beer Company and leads marketing and event efforts for Dogfish Head Craft Brewery’s two restaurants, tasting room and hotel located in southern Delaware.

Previously, she served as the Director of Media and Public Relations for the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce in Maryland, guiding PR and marketing efforts for the 1,000+ business association and county-wide festivals and events.

Smecker is currently a marketing coach for Delaware SCORE, assisting entrepreneurs and small businesses. She also volunteers for Operation We Care, supporting the military and first responders. In her spare time, Sophia is an avid birder and enjoys visiting the beach, kayaking and hiking in coastal Delaware.

“I am thrilled to welcome Sophia to our Board of Trustees. She is a distinguished leader in her field and shares our organization’s commitment to advancing conservation across our two states,” said Lori Brennan, Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy in Pennsylvania and Delaware. “She also brings invaluable marketing and entrepreneurial expertise that will help TNC develop innovative new solutions to our most pressing challenges.”

“As a Pennsylvania native and a current resident of Delaware, I am excited to work alongside the TNC trustees to learn and contribute to the incredible work of protecting and preserving nature,” Smecker said. “I’m a frequent visitor to our coastal Delaware beaches and truly believe in the impact we can have on our waterways and coastlines so that future generations can continue to enjoy them.”

In Pennsylvania and Delaware, TNC is leading large-scale conservation programs that protect the lands and waters that are critical to the health and well-being of both people and nature. In Pennsylvania, TNC works to reduce stormwater runoff in cities, protect vital Central Appalachian landscapes like the Kittatinny Ridge, and engage farmers in supporting the adoption of conservation practices. TNC’s work in Delaware focuses on building resilience against climate change—including along the state’s vulnerable coastlines—to protect natural habitats and human communities. 

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