Sally Bethea is the retired founding director of Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK), a nonprofit environmental advocacy organization established in 1994 whose mission is to protect and restore the Chattahoochee River, its tributaries, and watershed. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master’s degree in City Planning from Georgia Tech and an honorary doctorate from LaGrange College – as well as more than 35 years of experience in environmental issues and nonprofit management.
Sally is currently an adjunct professor at Georgia Tech where she teaches a water resources planning class to graduate students in urban planning and engineering. She is also the president of the board of directors of Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy and a member of the board of trustees of LaGrange College. Sally has served on the national boards of Waterkeeper Alliance and River Network, the Georgia Board of Natural Resources, and EarthShare of Georgia. In 2015, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from GreenLaw. In 2012, she received the James R. Compton River Achievement Award from River Network for leading, educating and advocating for clean water in the Chattahoochee River Basin and throughout the country.