LAKE GEORGE — The FUND for Lake George, the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to the lasting protection of Lake George and its watershed, has announced the appointment of two new staff members.
Hilary Kellogg Hurley has joined The FUND as Director of Development. In this role, she oversees all fundraising activities to maximize philanthropic support for The FUND’s leadership role in protecting Lake George from intensifying threats to water quality and preserving the Lake’s world-renowned clarity and cleanliness for generations to come. As a member of The FUND’s management team, Mrs. Hurley will work closely with FUND staff, Trustees, and partners to coordinate and continuously optimize fundraising, marketing communications and overall brand effectiveness.
Mrs. Hurley’s appointment marks a return to the region for the Glens Falls native after serving in development leadership roles with Wake Forest University and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society while living in North Carolina over the past three years. She previously served as Assistant Executive Director of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, Major Gifts Officer at Emma Willard School in Troy, and Director of Government Relations for Special Olympics New York. Mrs. Hurley holds a bachelor’s degree from the University at Albany and a master’s degree in Community and Economic Development from the State University of New York Empire State College.
“Hilary is a highly accomplished development professional with a lifelong love of Lake George. Her national fundraising experience and perspective will help propel The FUND’s development program to the next level and successfully complete our unprecedented $10 million Forever Fund Campaign for the enduring protection of the Lake,” said Executive Director Eric Siy. “Through our Lake George Waterkeeper program and The Jefferson Project at Lake George — The FUND’s groundbreaking partnership with IBM and RPI — we are conducting world-leading freshwater research, from which we are establishing breakthrough water quality protection programs. Hilary’s role is central to building a world-class development program that produces the sustaining financial support essential to safeguarding Lake George for the future and ensuring that The FUND’s investment-driven approach continues to grow as a model for protecting freshwater resources anywhere.”
Brea Arvidson, an aquatic biologist, has joined The FUND as Program Associate. She works closely with Lake George Waterkeeper Chris Navitsky in the development and implementation of science-guided activities to achieve The FUND’s protection goals for the Lake and its watershed.
This includes collecting, interpreting, and applying data to achieve success in The FUND’s water quality, road salt reduction, and invasive species prevention and management programs, as well as with The Jefferson Project at Lake George.
Ms. Arvidson previously served as an Aquatic Biologist with SOLitude Lake Management, a national sustainability solutions firm specializing in in the development and execution of customized lake, pond, wetland and fisheries management programs. Among her many projects at Solitude, she served as Biology Lead on projects on Glen Lake in Queensbury and on Saratoga Lake. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Marine, Estuarine and Freshwater Biology from the University of New Hampshire.
“The FUND has long distinguished itself among Lake George protection organizations for its professional science-guided approach, and Brea is an outstanding addition to our scientific team,” said Lake George Waterkeeper Chris Navitsky. “Her expertise in aquatic plants, algae, and invasive species, as well as her experience in data gathering and analysis, align perfectly with our work to understand the challenges facing Lake George for the sole purpose of delivering sustained protection.”