Great Rivers Environmental Law Center President Announces 2019 Transition; Longtime General Counsel to Take the Helm

Kathleen Henry, Great Rivers Environmental Law Center’s leader since 2004, announced today that she will step down from her role as President in September 2019 and join Great Rivers’ Board of Directors. She will pass the reins to Great Rivers’ longtime General Counsel, Bruce Morrison. Morrison and Henry assisted Lewis Green with founding Great Rivers in 2002 and have both served with Great Rivers for its entire seventeen years.

Under Henry’s leadership, Great Rivers expanded its work in Environmental Justice, Climate Change, Clean Air and Energy, Protection of Parks and Open Space, and Preservation of Floodplains and Wetlands. The organization’s impact is visible across the Region today. Great Rivers’ successes include saving beloved parks from development, stopping polluting plants from being built, and ensuring that citizens from all economic backgrounds have equal access to wind and solar.

In September, Ms. Henry will relocate to Madison, Wisconsin, her husband’s hometown.

“It has been an honor to serve as President of Great Rivers. I have been privileged to work for our clients, who show such tenacity in fighting uphill battles. Our donors sustain the organization and humble me with their support. It will continue to be an honor to be a part of the dedicated Board of Directors who ensure that Lewis Green’s legacy remains a lasting force.”

A long-time St. Louis native with an undergraduate degree from Purdue University and a law degree from Washington University, Bruce Morrison was Lewis Green’s partner when Green founded Great Rivers in 2002. His accomplishments include saving parks and wilderness areas and preserving wetlands and floodplains. “I look forward to serving as President,” said Morrison. “Great Rivers will carry on its vital work of providing free legal services to our neighbors in Missouri and Illinois seeking to preserve and protect the environment and public health.”

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