Jennifer Adkins

Executive Director

Jennifer Adkins

Jennifer Adkins was appointed to the position of Executive Director of the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary in October of 2007 after serving as interim Executive Director for approximately four months.  Previous to this, she also served as the nonprofit’s Schuylkill Watershed Initiative Grant Coordinator for over two years, during which she managed a $1.15 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to fund a series of projects undertaken by the Schuylkill Action Network in southeastern Pennsylvania.

As Executive Director, Adkins works to partner with, and secure funding from, two regional offices of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; three states, including Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey; four major metropolitan municipalities, including the Cities of Camden, Philadelphia, Trenton, and Wilmington; and a laundry list of organizations and businesses spread across more than 6,700 square miles of the mid-Atlantic region.

Adkins has been active in conservation planning and collaboration in the mid-Atlantic region for more than 15 years, during which she has served as Blackbird-Millington Corridor project manager for The Nature Conservancy of Delaware, mid-Atlantic region director for the Land Trust Alliance, and planner for the Brandywine Conservancy’s Environmental Management Center.  She has also worked as a self-employed contractor and consultant for a number of nonprofit organizations in the region.

Adkins is a graduate of the University of Delaware and holds a Master of Public Administration degree, specializing in Environmental and Energy Management, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics.  Today she resides in the City of Wilmington near the Partnership’s Riverwalk headquarters.

To contact Adkins, please call (302) 655-4990, extension 102, or email

(Image credit: Jim White of the Delaware Nature Society)