SRT finds experience in new leader

Sequoia Riverlands Trust hires Logan Huecker, PhD. as their new executive director, board chair says her nonprofit experience will help SRT through “challenging times”

TULARE COUNTY – Good leadership is hard to find, but the Sequoia Riverlands Trust thinks they found a leader in Logan Huecker, PhD.

The Sequoia Riverlands Trust (SRT) announced that they hired Huecker as their new executive director earlier this month. Her effective start date was Oct. 1, and the organization has been putting her skills to use.

“We [want to leverage] Logan’s broader nonprofit experience and demonstrated skills in fundraising and community involvement and collaboration, strategic thinking and team building as SRT moves forward into exciting and challenging times,” board chair Rod Meade, of San Diego, said.

Challenging times have not just been the burdens brought on by COVID-19. According to SRT their mission is to “inspire love and lasting protection for important lands” and that has been dramatically hindered by the state’s newest drought.

Their close relationship with farmers and ranches in the regions has suffered as land and water uses have been severely affected. All while the state works toward a more sustainable way to manage ground water.

Huecker has worked for more than two decades in the nonprofit and education sectors in California, Guatemala and Honduras. Her work at SRT taps her professional experience and expands upon her deep commitment to the natural and agricultural legacy of the Sierra foothills and Central Valley. She has experience leading nonprofit organizations and publicly funded programs; managing staff teams, spearheading collaborative initiatives, and implementing federal, state, and local policies.

Huecker’s experience as an independent consultant allowed her to work with some of the same agencies she will be working with now including: Tulare County Public Health Department, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office, the Tulare County Office of Education and the California Teaching Fellows Foundation.

From 2006 to 2021 Huecker worked as the assistant director of community services. She managed various programs with a total annual budget of $1.5 million, with programs at seven sites, 35+ staff members, and multiple state and federal grants. And she created grant proposals for existing and new programs, including collaborative proposals with community partners

Throughout her career, Logan has worked to identify and secure government and foundation funding sources, cultivate new donor relationships, and foster connections with current supporters. She holds a PhD in Education from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has served on the faculty of the Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching Program, as well as nonprofit boards. She has also been a trainer and mentor for the California School Age Consortium (CalSAC). Logan lives on a ranch with her family, which includes a dog, a cat, a horse, and a dozen or so cattle.

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