New ‘chief of operations’ at Watershed Institute brings extensive environmental policy experience

Sophie Glovier (center) named chief of operations at The Watershed Institute.

Conservation leader Sophie Glovier has been named to the newly created position of chief of operations for The Watershed Institute. 

Currently, Glovier is the assistant policy director at The Watershed Institute where she works with community members and local governments “to develop and implement policies and practices to address pressing threats to our water and environment,” according to a press release. 

In the position, Glovier has been a strong voice for action to address polluted stormwater runoff, was instrumental in the preservation of a key 153-acre tract of open space in Princeton that was threatened with development, and helped the organization launch a new generation of education programs focused on environmental advocacy, according to the press release. 

She has been a key member of the Watershed’s Justice Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Council.

In her new role, Glovier will steer The Watershed Institute’s strategic planning, long-term development, and internal operations, according to the press release. 

“We are delighted to have Sophie stepping into this new role,” said Barbie Cole, board chair of The Watershed Institute. “She has a strong track record of coordinating successful programs and campaigns and she will add great value to our senior management team.”

“We conducted a thorough and rigorous search for this new position and Sophie stood out among a very strong pool of candidates,” said Jim Waltman, executive director of The Watershed Institute.

“She will play a key leadership role in helping us plan and execute programs to protect our precious water supplies, address the daunting challenges of climate change, and engage communities in these endeavors,” he said.

Glovier has held numerous leadership positions at nonprofit and government advisory organizations, including her service as chair of the Princeton Environmental Commission and on the boards of the D&R Greenway Land Trust, Friends of Princeton Open Space and Sustainable Princeton.

She served on the board of trustees at The Watershed Institute for seven years, three of which were as the organization’s board chair. She has also served as board chair of Teach for America’s New Jersey chapter and held volunteer leadership positions at Princeton University and the Garden Club of America, according to the release.  

Glovier previously held the position of director of philanthropic support at D&R Greenway Land Trust, a land preservation organization in central New Jersey, where she helped preserve hundreds of acres of open space.

In addition to her extensive experience in environmental policy, Glovier has deep expertise in strategic planning, marketing, and development as a former senior vice president, account director at Y&R Inc., a leading global marketing communications company in Brooklyn, N.Y.

“The Watershed Institute has a critical role to play in helping communities build resiliency to flooding, protect and restore water quality, and maintain and build connections between people of all ages and the natural world,” Glovier said. “I am excited by the opportunity to help strengthen this wonderful and impactful organization.” 

Glovier is the author of “Walk the Trails In and Around Princeton,” a book whose proceeds support local trail maintenance. She is a graduate of Princeton University and Columbia Business School and received a post master’s certificate in sustainability strategy from The New School.

She will assume her responsibilities as chief of operations at The Watershed Institute in mid-September, according to the organization. 

The Watershed Institute in Pennington is dedicated to keeping water clean, safe and healthy through conservation, advocacy, science, and education, according to its website. 

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