During the COVID-19 outbreak, SWCS employees are working remotely, and email is the preferred method of contact at this time. You may also email swcs@swcs.org, and your message will be forwarded to the correct contact.

Clare Lindahl


Clare Lindahl is chief executive officer of the Soil and Water Conservation Society. Clare is in charge of public affairs, program development, governance, and special projects. Clare became the CEO of SWCS in August of 2017. She previously served as the executive director for Conservation Districts of Iowa and as...

Courtney Allen

Event and Professional Development Director/Executive Assistant to the CEO

Courtney Allen is the event and professional development director of the Soil and Water Conservation Society and the executive assistant to the CEO. Courtney is the lead staff person for the SWCS Annual Conference and also manages the special conferences, workshops, distance learning, and other professional development opportunities with regional...

Annie Binder

Director of Publications/Editor

Annie Binder is director of publications at the Soil and Water Conservation Society and editor of the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. She is responsible for the journal, SWCS book publishing, Web site, Conservogram newsletter, and other communications.

Erika Crady

Membership Director

Erika is the membership director for SWCS. She provides and processes information on membership, chapters, subscriptions, and book orders.

Joe Otto

Project Manager/Historian

Joe Otto is the project manager of SWCS. His role is managing SWCS’s current grants. In addition, he is also the historian. He is archiving and organizing the Society’s documents and historical records. He is also building interpretation of the Society’s past accomplishments for consumption by both members and general...

Jody Thompson

Editorial Assistant

Jody (JT) is the editorial assistant at SWCS. She is in charge of manuscript tracking for the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation and puts together the monthly SWCS newsletter. JT also edits accepted research manuscripts, assists with SWCS book publications, and makes Web updates. In addition to her editorial...

Jordyn Rodriguez

Student Intern

Jordyn Rodriguez serves the SWCS staff virtually as the summer 2021 Student Leader Project Intern. Her focus is developing a student session and assisting in the operations and logistics of the 76th SWCS International Annual Conference as well as assisting the Association of Retired Conservation Service Employees (ARCSE), the intern...