Cristina Siegel (right) will only have to move her office one floor up and a few doors down since being named executive director of the Clean Valley Council this week. Siegel, who has been the house manager at the Jefferson Center, which houses the CVC, replaces Gwen Mason, former Roanoke City Councilwoman who has taken a federal government job.
Mason has been hired by the Department of Justice and Siegel has already begun work at the CVC. Siegel is a biologist who has been a visiting assistant professor at Hollins University and is a master's and PhD graduate of Virginia Tech. She did her undergraduate work at Cal Tech. She has worked for the U. S. Forest Service in sustainable management practices.
Mason was in the job only a few months after replacing Ann Masters, who died in December after being director for many years.
Siegel says she is "truly thrilled to be stepping into this position of leadership of this beloved organization. I know that Anne Masters was a much beloved and passionate leader for this organization and I hope to honor her legacy by nurturing and growing CVC into the leading environmental organization that she established."