Meet the Staff

Emily Franc, Riverkeeper  Emily comes to the Anacostia Riverkeeper with extensive experience and background in environmental research, policy, and advocacy accumulated through years spent working on Capitol Hill for a prominent member of the House Energy and Environment Committee, as well as for various international agencies and non-profits including the United Nations Environment Program Caribbean Environment Programme (UNEP-CEP), The Ocean Foundation (TOF), and Qatar Foundation International (QFI). She also has broad executive level experience in non-profit management, strategic development and effectiveness analytics, communications, and fundraising.

In 2014, Emily was on assignment for six months in Jamaica with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), where she focused on trash issues in the Caribbean. While with UNEP, she revised and updated the United Nations Environment Programme’s Regional Action Plan for Marine Litter Management in the Wider Caribbean Region, 2014 (RAPMaLi), a comprehensive Toolkit for intergovernmental, municipal, and community-based action for improving the health of their rivers.

Emily is an avid explorer and has traveled throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, and the Middle East.  She has participated in riverbank cleanups and wetlands restoration projects in Washington, D.C., California, Florida, the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, Zambia, Jamaica and Qatar. A native Marylander, Emily enthusiastically supports the mission of Anacostia Riverkeeper and is looking forward to advancing the organization's goals.


Trey SherardTrey Sherard, ARK’s outreach coordinator/program assistant, is a 2005 graduate of Duke University with a B.S. in Biology.  He was the lead biologist and a captain for Sea Trek BVI, where he educated students in coral reef ecology, sea turtle ecology and conservation, invertebrate diversity and structure, reef fish ecology and identification, and estuarine (mangrove) ecology.  He also worked at UNC Wilmington's Center for Marine Science as a research technician in the Ichthyology Lab where he conducted fish and larval fish ID, sediment sorting and grain size profiling, water quality measurements including turbidity and use of YSI probe, topography surveying, and fish collection maintenance.


Suzy Kelly, a Founding Board Member of Anacostia Riverkeeper, is a LEED®AP Executive with LEED® project management experience. Ms. Kelly strategizes, implements and finalizes the LEED sustainability process for owners, tenants and managers.  Additionally, Ms. Kelly has extensive experience in Project Management and Event Management and Marketing. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.