Tonya Bonitatibus serves as the Riverkeeper/ Executive Director for Savannah Riverkeeper, watching over the health and vibrancy of the Savannah River in SC and GA. She has served the organization for over 9 years helping guide it through many successful challenges to water quality including a recent Savannah Harbor Settlement bringing over $40 million in restoration, preservation, and scientific studies to the Savannah River basin.
In 2014 she was elected to serve on Waterkeeper Alliance’s Waterkeeper Council. She currently serves as the Chairman of the Issues and Advocacy Committee, as a member of the International Committee, and Mentorship Program. She also serves on the Leadership Committee for Georgia Water Coalition, SC Basin Advisory Council and Lower Savannah River Alliance.
Tonya recently received the JAG Young Leaders Alumni Award from Georgia Regents University where she received a BA in Business Marketing. She often voices the need for water advocates to understand and maneuver in the financial realm to enact significant changes in their watersheds.
She has a strong interest in helping provide Riverkeepers in developing countries with the tools to aid in desperately needed financial growth through sustainable development practices including understanding available incentives and programs for engagement.