Clearwater Welcomes Matt Soper as New Development Director - Daily Hudson Valley News

Clearwater Welcomes Matt Soper as New Development Director

Jul 17th, 2014 | By | Category: In Your Town

Matt Soper has joined Hudson River Sloop Clearwater as Director of Development. In this role, he will be responsible for creating strategies to increase individual giving, foundation and government support, corporate sponsorships, planned giving, and membership.

Soper brings extensive experience in major gift fundraising, annual giving, foundation support, and has also worked closely with volunteer boards and development committees. Prior to joining Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Soper served as Director of Development at Bard College and Associate Director of Leadership Gifts at Vassar College.  Earlier in his career, he was Director of the Community Service Center at New York University and a technology salesman in San Francisco.

“Having grown up in the Hudson Valley, I’ve always admired the leading role Pete Seeger and Clearwater have played in cleaning up the Hudson.  Joining Clearwater is an exciting opportunity for me to play a key role with an iconic organization that has deep grassroots connections, unique educational programs, and a strong political and musical voice. I look forward to helping build a stronger, more diverse base of support to enable Clearwater to continue its work on crucial environmental issues that affect us all.”

“Clearwater is excited to bring Matt onboard,” said Peter Gross, Executive Director, in announcing the appointment.  “The wealth of development experience and knowledge he brings, as well as his familiarity with foundations and nonprofits, will be invaluable to Clearwater. I look forward to working with Matt in continuing to increase our funding base, which will help expand the scope and impact of Clearwater’s programs.”

Soper received his Masters in Non-Profit Management from New York University Gallatin School, and his BA in Philosophy from Vassar College.  Matt is a Town of New Paltz youth soccer and basketball coach, Vassar College Admission Volunteer and has served as fundraising consultant for Elting Library and Dutchess County Red Cross. He and his family live in New Paltz, NY.

About Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
Inspiring, educating  and activating millions of people for over 45 years, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater has been at the forefront of the environmental movement as champion of the Hudson River, working to pass landmark legislation like the Clean Water Act, providing innovative educational programs, environmental advocacy, and musical celebrations, including the renowned annual Clearwater Festival. To date, more than half a million people have experienced their first real look at an estuary’s ecosystem aboard the sloop Clearwater.  The organization’s strong connection to youth, environmental education, and its agenda to create the next generation of environmental leaders are all part of building and strengthening a Green Cities Initiative for a green economy and a more inclusive and diverse environmental movement. Utilizing the greatest natural resource in the region, the Hudson River, Clearwater has become the grassroots model for producing positive changes to protect our planet. For more information, visit


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