At Appalachian Voices, the nonprofit advocacy organization that publishes The Appalachian Voice, Central Appalachian Program Manager Erin Savage belongs in the ranks of these women. Savage leads the organization’s work to fight the impacts of coal mining and push for tighter regulations, helping to protect communities, land and water from mining pollution. Outside of work, Savage explores challenging whitewater, organizes and competes in kayak races and serves on the board of the nonprofit group American Whitewater.
“I’m lucky to be able to involve my love of rivers both within and beyond my work life,” Savage says. “I’m grateful to use my career skills and river experience to benefit multiple nonprofit organizations.”