Reconnecting to Our Waterways, a collective impact initiative that works to improve Indianapolis’s waterways, has named Julie Rhodes collective impact director. She joins the group with nearly 30 years of experience in advancing sustainability, waste reduction, water and air quality, green space development, environmental justice and more.
Rhodes has a long professional history of working for local and state government, including the city of Indianapolis’ Department of Public Works and Office of Sustainability, at the Indiana Department of Commerce; and with several national and statewide not-for-profit groups, including the Indiana Association of Solid Waste Management Districts and the National Furniture Bank Association.
As a sustainability consultant over the past 15 years, she has initiated strategic planning, education and project management for many companies, organizations and government agencies, including Cummins, the Indiana Recycling Coalition, the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Hoosier Environmental Council and with the Martindale Brightwood Environmental Justice Collaborative. She has also led grassroots community efforts as a founding member of the Indy Food Cooperative/Pogue’s Run Grocer and for the Cottage Home Neighborhood Association, where she served on the ROW Waterway Committee for Pogue’s Run.
In her new position, Rhodes will direct the organization’s internal and external functions to ensure that continual progress is made towards the group’s strategic plan, goals and objectives. Acting as a public ambassador for the organization, Rhodes will lead ROW in their pursuit to create positive change in the quality of life and ecology in Indianapolis communities.
Also, the organization has added Brianna Dines as waterways & communications coordinator. She most recently worked for IndyEast Promise Zone. Dines will work directly with ROW’s six Waterway Committees. She will also serve as ROW’s coordinator for communication throughout the collective, and for the Partners for the White River (that includes all of the organizations funded by the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust in 2018).