Mount St. Helens Institute names new director

Staff reportAugust 4, 2013 

Richard Meyer has taken over as the new executive director of the Mount St. Helens Institute. Meyer started his new position Thursday.

He takes over the position that was left vacant when Travis Southworth-Neumeyer left in May to join Trackers Earth. Southworth-Neumeyer had been on the job for about one year. Meyer’s selection was made after a national search-and-selection process.

“I am very pleased with the arrival of Richard,” Tom Wolverton, board president of the institute, said in a prepared statement. “Richard is a builder, collaborator, and proven fundraiser – an ideal combination of traits that will allow the institute to evolve and grow as we perfect and develop learning, exploration and volunteer programs around the volcano.”

Wolverton said he and the board will work with Meyer to develop a clear, compelling vision for the evolution of the institute in the coming years.

“He brings a deep commitment to environmental science, economic and environmental justice, and a belief that outdoor experiences are the best way to grow and change minds about nature, place and sustainable living in our volatile world,” Wolverston said in the statement.

Meyer has a master’s degree in regional and city planning, with continuing education in American government, nonprofit organization management and conservation policy.

He also has 16 years of nonprofit management experience, including six years as executive director of the Portland Audubon Society, where he significantly expanded the education programs and funding, and executive director for the Association of Oregon Community Development Organizations and the Burnside Community Council in Portland.

To learn more about the institute, visit or call 360-449-7883.

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