Confluence Project executive director announces transition

— Vancouver, WA (September 9, 2013) - After almost twelve years as Executive Director, Jane Jacobsen has announced her transition from Confluence Project, effective September 1, 2013. Jane shares, “Working with Maya Lin, our partners and supporters has been an honor.

I am proud of the efforts of so many to create six meaningful art and environmental restoration sites along the Columbia River system. With funding secured to complete Chief Timothy Park in Nez Perce homelands and a healthy start for necessary funding for the sixth site, at Celilo Park, it is an appropriate time to hand over the leadership of the organization as it continues to transition from a capital driven project to an organization invested in site stewardship and place-based interpretive, educational programming opportunities for our region’s residents and visitors from around the world. I look forward to remaining on the Board of Directors of this project.”

Fellow founding Board Member, David DiCesare, steps in as Interim Executive Director to spearhead the search for new leadership. DiCesare explains “For more than 13 years I have been a part of the Confluence Project and have seen first-hand the regional impact Confluence has made in communities throughout the entire Columbia system. I look forward to assisting Confluence Board of Directors in identifying a permanent director to lead the project forward.”

Antone Minthorn, founding Chair of the Confluence Project Board of Directors (Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation), early on recognized that together, communities along the Columbia River needed to invest in a long-term vision for environmental and cultural sustainability. Minthorn states “It is just remarkable how the Confluence Project has evolved; it tells a story the nation needs to know. From the Chinook people to the Nez Perce Tribe, the project has been an example of communities and cultures working together. Jane has set an example of leadership and achievement that we intend to build upon through her successor.”

Confluence is a collaboration of Northwest Tribes, artist and architect Maya Lin, and local communities who work to recognize places of cultural and ecological significance along the Columbia River and its tributaries.

Since 2002, Confluence has invested over $30 million along 450 miles of the Columbia; it has done this through four public park restorations, over a dozen permanent art installations, and “Confluence in the Schools” and “Gifts from Our Ancestors” educational programming. Support from elected leaders, tribal councils, community advocates, educators, volunteers, and individuals along the Columbia have culminated into Maya Lin’s final designs, and regional partnerships.

Annually, these sites serve more than 1.7 million visitors at Cape Disappointment State Park (Ilwaco, WA), Vancouver Land Bridge (Vancouver, WA), Sandy River Delta (Troutdale, OR), Sacajawea State Park (Pasco, WA); Chief Timothy Park (Clarkston, WA) will be completed in 2014; projected completion for Celilo Park is 2016.

Information on the application process can be found at Confluence Project’s website,

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