Deborah Nardone: Executive Director

Deborah Nardone

Western Pennsylvania, PA – Conservation and environmental protection leader Deborah Nardone has been appointed Executive Director of the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds (FPW), a grantmaking foundation that invests in local efforts to protect healthy, natural streams, clean up pollution and restore degraded wildlife habitat.

As Executive Director, Nardone will play a crucial role as FPW increases its capacity to support activities critical to the health of the Commonwealth. This will include expanding its capabilities to assist the Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation in the distribution of increased funding to the Commonwealth and to provide enhanced grantee and agency partner support.

In her most recent position, Nardone has been Executive Director of ClearWater Conservancy, an accredited land trust and conservation organization serving central Pennsylvania. During her tenure, she helped conserve nearly 3,500 acres for permanent protection, created the long-term vision for the organization, known as the ClearWater Compass, launched the highly successful Centred Outdoors program, doubled the number of staff, and increased the organization’s endowment by 500%.

The Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds (FPW), formerly known as the Western Pennsylvania Watershed Program, is a grantmaking foundation that invests in local efforts to protect healthy, natural streams, to clean up pollution and to restore degraded wildlife habitat.

FPW is a source of matching funds for local, state and federal grants. It provides matching grant funds to both small and large groups and organizations throughout much of the Commonwealth and is a supporting organization of the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies. Through FPW’s grantmaking, assistance is provided to conservation organizations in order to achieve their restoration goals, while ensuring enough clean water for future generations of Pennsylvania children, families and wildlife. For more information, visit