Announcement from Our Board Chair

It is with a mix of gratitude, sadness, and excitement for her that Conservation Voters for Idaho’s board of directors announces the departure of CVI’s Executive Director Courtney Washburn, effective January 6, 2020.

Hired by the board of directors in 2015, Courtney grew Conservation Voters for Idaho into the strategically strong, increasingly influential, and well-positioned organization it is today. Under her leadership, CVI adopted a new four-year strategy through 2022, grew the staff from 5 to 18, and furthered our mission to protect Idaho’s outdoor heritage and clean air and water by working at the intersection of conservation and policy.

We wish her the best of luck in her new role as Chief of Staff for Boise Mayor-elect Lauren McLean. Her successful track record in organizational and staff management speaks for itself, and we’re excited to see that the new mayor recognizes what Courtney has done for the organization and for the state of Idaho, and how her qualifications, skills, and leadership will help move the city of Boise forward in a new direction.

As chair, and on behalf of the entire board of directors, I’d like to thank Courtney for her years of hard work, drive, and enthusiasm to further Conservation Voters for Idaho’s mission and raise the caliber of our work across the state. As the only political conservation organization in Idaho, we’ve been able to make great strides in protecting our public lands, furthering clean energy policy, and expanding voter engagement across the state.

Courtney’s tenure at CVI has made the organization stronger than ever, and we remain as committed as ever to continuing to make successful progress in protecting Idaho’s clean air and water, open space, and natural heritage for the enjoyment of all Idahoans. We look forward to working with each and every one of you in 2020 to ensure we continue to protect Idaho’s natural legacy for years to come.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions by replying to this email.

Mike Lanza
Conservation Voters for Idaho Board of Directors Chair