Jason Rainey joined International Rivers as Executive Director in 2011. He has led the organization in its international expansion for greater effectiveness in the dam-building hotspots of the world, expanding and establishing offices in South America, Africa, and Asia. Jason supports an international staff and network of civil society partners campaigning against destructive dams, advancing trans-boundary river protection, and influencing global investment patterns toward decentralized and human-scaled energy and water solutions. Before joining International Rivers, Mr. Rainey served as Executive Director of the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) in his home watershed from 2005-2011, where he built a grassroots movement to restore a healthy Yuba River, championed the decommissioning of two federal dams, protected wild salmon runs, improved water quality and habitats, fought new dams, and developed the Wild & Scenic Film Festival into one of the largest and most successful environmental film events in North America. He has served as a steering committee member of the California Hydropower Reform Coalition, a founding member of the Calling Back the Salmon Committee, and a board member for SalmonAid. He has also worked as an educator, researcher and organizer for human rights and environmental initiatives throughout the world, including in Russia, Zimbabwe, Nicaragua, and Thailand.