The American Fly Fishing Trade Association’s (AFFTA) Fisheries Fund has hired its first ever Executive Director as it steps up its support for fisheries and habitat conservation and education.
Whitney Tilt was chosen from more than 40 candidates to spearhead the operation’s strategic direction and growth.
“Taking this step is a very big deal for the Fisheries Fund, our association and membership,” said AFFTA’s Board Chairman, Jim Bartschi. “
“The growing support we’ll be able to provide to projects around the country means a greater impact on the health of the resources we care about and rely on for our livelihoods for generations to come. We are really looking forward to seeing Whitney’s leadership take the fund forward.”
“His deep leadership experience in the non-profit conservation and fundraising realms, among many other intangible qualities, make him the right fit for the post.”
The Fisheries Fund, established in 2014, is the granting arm of AFFTA, with revenue managed separately from the Association’s membership income.
Its main objective is the funding of organisations and projects focused on fisheries conservation and education. Since its inception, the fund has granted over $200,000 to more than 20 conservation initiatives and organisations. These include American Rivers, Bighorn River Alliance, Bristol Bay Defense Fund, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, Wild Salmon Center and Stripers Forever.