Sonoma RCD Welcomes Christine Kuehn as New Executive Director

The Sonoma Resource Conservation District is pleased to announce that Christine Kuehn has been appointed Executive Director (ED). With over a

decade of experience at the RCD and an exceptional record of building trusted community relations, Christine is well-positioned to lead and grow the RCD into the future.

Previously, Christine served as the RCD’s Director of Communications and Engagement. In that role, she oversaw staff working within the LandSmart® Plans, On-the-Ground, Water Resources, and Education program areas. Christine has played an integral role in driving Justice Equity Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) internally and expanding the RCD’s service to our community. She has brought in over one million dollars in program funding to support the RCD’s mission. In her eleven years at the RCD starting with an internship after graduating with a B.A. in natural resource management from Sonoma State University, Christine has worked in almost every conservation program area. She has also played a leadership role in operations, long-term strategic planning, program development, and effective partnership building across agricultural and environmental constituents.

The Board of Directors in partnership with a joint hiring committee composed of four staff members launched a competitive recruitment process for the Executive Director position, which closed in January. “Christine has been a dedicated member of the RCD staff for many years and was ready to step into a leadership role,” said Bruce Abelli-Amen, Board Chairman. “We’re lucky to have her as our new ED and looking forward to getting to work.”

“I am humbled and energized to step into this new role at the RCD after over a decade of service to a mission I deeply believe in and look forward to my future work alongside our dynamic team to steward the RCD for years to come,” said Christine upon accepting the position after the Board of Directors meeting in late February. “Natural resource management is not just about land stewardship but is about people and our relationship with place. Continuing to collaborate with stakeholders, growing our programs and capacity, and elevating our visibility will empower us to build on our legacy of providing innovative conservation solutions to Sonoma County’s most pressing natural resource issues.”

To connect with Christine directly, please email