Megan Graham named to lead San Juan Citizen’s Alliance

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From The Durango Herald (Dale Rodebaugh):

Graham, 35, bested about 30 other applicants from far and wide, Joe Griffith, chairman of the organization’s board, said Friday. [Mark] Pearson’s last day is July 31. Graham will start Aug. 17…

Graham knew how to answer questions – deep answers – and she knew when to stop, Griffith saida. Graham’s work as a director of membership and communications for the Colorado Environmental Coalition prepared her to work with the players she’ll be rubbing elbows with now. Writing editorials allowed her to master local, state and national issues, he said…

Graham has been in Durango since 1995. She earned a degree in communications at Fort Lewis College and was a reporter and editor at Herald from 1998 through 2000. In 2001, she started a five-year stint with the Colorado Environmental Coalition. She left the organization to return to the Herald as an editorial writer. “I want to continue Mark’s programs and expand the presence of the organization in the community,” Graham said. “I want to engage a broad cross-section of the San Juan Basin in our work.” Griffith said Graham’s immediate challenges are two:•Learn in depth the issues related to each staff member’s assigned field. Staff members handle specific issues such as water, federal land and environmental policies or gas and oil.

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