The Tri-Valley Conservancy (TVC) has appointed Laura Antrim as its new executive director, following the recent retirement of Laura Mercier.
"Laura Antrim shares our vision of a Tri-Valley with distinct townships and communities protected and defined by vineyards, orchards and other forms of open space. We are excited to have her boots on the ground as we embark upon this next chapter for the Conservancy," TVC board chair David B. Kent said in a statement.
Antrim -- who is slated to assume her new role on Monday -- has a background in leadership, engineering and project management with more than 13 years of experience at The Wine Group in Livermore and Ripon and most recently as a manager with BART according to TVC officials.
"I am excited that the Board of Directors were able to select my successor so quickly because TVC has a lot on its plate," Mercier said. She retired at the end of June after 18 years with the nonprofit organization.
Among the many projects TVC has in the works that Antrim will play an integral role in, Mercier cited hosting the Livermore Valley Uncorked wine competition and the Discovery: Youth-in-Nature program, which provides outdoor education and stewardship lessons to local fourth-graders in the Tri-Valley.
She added, "TVC is also focusing on the economic sustainability of South Livermore Valley Area Plan (SLVAP). TVC is leading efforts and collaborating with community stakeholders to support vineyards and local agriculture to be viable and flourish in the Tri-Valley. Success of agriculture is a key component of fulfilling the SLVAP, which is a pillar of our organization's mission."
Since its founding in 1994, TVC has preserved over 5,000 acres of land -- primarily farmland endangered by development -- and taught more than 3,000 local students about the benefits of agricultural, habitat and open space land protection now and for future generations.
Antrim was not available for comment as of press time Wednesday.