Justinn has a deep family connection to the Coosa Valley and has always loved playing outside as much as possible. She’s proud to work to restore and protect the Coosa. Growing up in the Coosa Valley, Justinn spent time fishing and exploring the banks of the river with her parents and learned how to bait her own hook on Logan Martin Lake. Years later, she got married at Alabama 4-H Center on Lay Lake.
As the Executive Director, she ensures Coosa Riverkeeper has the resources needed to fight for swimmable, drinkable, and fishable water. She also coordinates many other aspects of our organization such as membership, capacity building, special events, and outreach. She provides direction to our staff, volunteers, and robust internship programs with local universities.
In 2015, Justinn was one of four women highlighted by Southern Living as “Women of Worth,” a short list of women who are dedicated to improving the lives of Southerners in need. Click here to see the article. In 2017, Justinn was featured in the Voices for Clean Air campaign highlighting her love of water, yoga, and environmental justice. Click here to watch the short documentary.
Before joining the staff of Coosa Riverkeeper, she worked with the Alabama Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council implementing the Building Green Jobs for Alabama program, a statewide federally funded workforce development grant. During her time at USGBC Alabama, she trained 300+ Alabamians about green building principles and sustainability.
Justinn graduated magna cum laude from the New College program at the University of Alabama with a degree in Environmental Advocacy. There she earned the Dean Bernie Sloan Spirit of New College Award for her campus-wide grassroots organizing efforts to her “Greener Way for UA” campaign. She holds a Master’s Certificate in Non-Profit Management from University of Alabama at Birmingham,
Justinn is happiest when she’s outside– swimming, canoeing, hiking, practicing yoga, or camping– with her husband, Spence, and their dog Stella Blue.