Wm. Robert Irvin
President, American Rivers, Washington, DC
Wm. Robert Irvin became President of American Rivers in 2011, leaving his post as President of Defenders of Wildlife’s conservation programs. He is an expert in biodiversity conservation, wildlife law, the Endangered Species Act, marine conservation, international wildlife conservation, and global warming and wildlife. Before joining Defenders of Wildlife in 2005, Bob served as Director of U.S. Conservation for World Wildlife Fund; Vice President for Marine Wildlife Conservation and General Counsel for the Center for Marine Conservation; Senior Counsel for Fish and Wildlife on the Majority Staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works; Counsel and Director of the Fisheries and Wildlife Division, National Wildlife Federation; and numerous other positions. He teaches Biodiversity Protection at Vermont Law School and has taught at the University of Maryland School of Law. Bob received his B.S. degree from Utah State University and a J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law.