Caren Glotfelty, Chair
Caren Glotfelty has been the Executive Director of the Allegheny County Parks Foundation since 2014. Her previous professional environmental positions include Senior Environment Program Director at The Heinz Endowments, Maurice K. Goddard Professor of Forestry and Environmental Resource Conservation at The Pennsylvania State University, and Deputy Secretary for Water Management at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources. Caren lives in the Mt. Washington neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
Anne Umbrecht, Secretary and Treasurer
A board member since Conservation Voters of PA was established in 2009, Anne O'Connell Umbrecht practiced and taught federal tax law in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia before retiring to the volunteer life. In addition to positions in the PA Democratic Party, Anne has done extensive work with children, including a current role as a court-appointed special advocate (CASA) with CASA of Philadelphia. Anne serves as treasurer of Conservation Voters of PA PAC and is a founding member of the Conservation Voters of PA/Sierra Club Donor Table.
Cecily Kihn manages the Agua Fund, a foundation that concentrates on environmental protection, social services, and civic engagement. Over the course of her career, she has worked in the U.S. Senate, the U.S. Department of Interior, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and Island Press. She has a Masters in Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Harvard University.
She is a longtime resident of Center City Philadelphia, and from 2006 to 2013 she was a Democratic committee person in Ward 8. In 2008 and 2012, she was an active member of Center City West Neighbors, a group that aimed to increase voter turnout.
Joanne Kilgour is the Chapter Director of the Pennsylvania Sierra Club. Joanne previously worked as the Legal Director at the Center for Coalfield Justice, and holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Law.
Reesa is the executive director of the SEIU Pennsylvania State Council and one of Pennsylvania’s leading advocates for working families. A native to Bucks County, Kossoff worked on a range of electoral and issue campaigns in Indiana, Ohio and Washington State before landing back in Pennsylvania.
Sam is the elected Area Leader for Western PA of SEIU Local 32BJ. 32BJ is a union of 165,000 property service workers and one of the strongest and fastest-growing unions on the east coast. He also serves as co-chair of the board of Pittsburgh United, a coalition of community, labor, faith, and environmental organizations committed to advancing the vision of a community and economy that work for all people. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA.
Elaine Paul Schaefer is the Executive Director of Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area, which she joined in 2017. Prior to that, she served eight years as an elected Commissioner in Radnor Township, and served as President of the Board for three of those years. She also ran for state representative for the 165th District in 2016. Before joining Radnor’s board, Elaine co-founded and ran the Radnor Conservancy, where she served as Executive Director and President and focused on developing a conservation easement program and protecting the last remaining farm in Radnor, Ardrossan. She is an attorney and has served on many local and regional boards including the Delaware County Conservation District Board and the Radnor League of Women Voters Board. Elaine and her husband John of 27 years have three adult children and she loves reading, cooking, hiking and everything about the Schuylkill River Trail.