Sophie Glovier Named as the Watershed’s Chief of Operations

September 6th, 2022

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

In her new role, Sophie Glovier will steer the Watershed’s strategic planning, long-term development, and internal operations.

“We are delighted to have Sophie stepping into this new role,” said Barbie Cole, The Watershed Institute’s Board Chair. “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  “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,” Waltman 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 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.

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.

“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, “said Glovier. “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 best-selling book whose proceeds support local trail maintenance. She is a graduate of Princeton University and Columbia Business School and received a Post Masters Certificate in Sustainability Strategy from The New School.

She will assume her responsibilities as Chief of Operations at The Watershed Institute in mid-September.

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