Snake River Alliance executive director leaving

After more than six years with the Snake River Alliance, Executive Director Liz Woodruff will leave the organization July 3.

According to an Alliance news release, Woodruff is leaving to “pursue new opportunities and challenges

in the non-profit sector in Idaho. The Alliance is seeking a new director who will continue to build the strength and effectiveness of the organization.”

Woodruff started at the Alliance in 2008 and became director in January 2011.

“Leading the Snake River Alliance has been a true honor,” Woodruff said in the release. “No other organization in Idaho does the tough work of protecting the state from nuclear contamination. And the Alliance’s efforts to promote clean energy are innovative, effective, and timely. I have every confidence that the success of the organization will continue under new leadership.”

During Woodruff’s time with the Alliance, the organization has pushed back against efforts to weaken Idaho’s settlement agreement that protects the state from more nuclear waste. The Alliance leads the effort to get Idaho utilities to end their reliance on dirty coal-fired power imported from out-of-state and replace it with clean, affordable and sustainable alternatives.

Woodruff’s departure comes as the organization prepares to engage Idahoans in developing new federal coal plant greenhouse gas reductions and as some nuclear proponents try to lay the groundwork for more nuclear waste in Idaho.