Florence Times Daily
By Russ Corey, Staff Writer

Tennessee Riverkeeper has hired the grandson of former Alabama governor “Big Jim” Folsom as its director of development.

James Folsom III was hired by Tennessee Riverkeeper founder and Executive Director David Whiteside.

His focus will be growing Tennessee Riverkeeper and expanding the nonprofit’s mission of protecting the Cumberland and Tennessee River and the tributaries. He will be based out of Decatur, and Nashville, Tennessee, and work throughout the region.

“Riverkeepers ensure that citizens of all races and financial backgrounds have a right to clean, safe drinking water,” Whiteside said. “Fighting water pollution is an efficient way to help our fellow citizens and communities. James Folsom shares this drive to help folks and improve communities across the South.”

Folsom III is the son of Marsha and former Gov. Jim Folsom Jr. James Folsom was raised in north Alabama. He grew up hiking in Bankhead National Forest and paddling the Mulberry and Locust Fork Rivers. He is a graduate of Bard College in New York’s Hudson River Valley and received a law degree from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.

His background ranges from tech startups, nonprofits, law, municipal development, political consulting and digital strategy and fundraising.

“I’ve always been an admirer of Tennessee Riverkeeper’s work throughout the South so when Whiteside offered me this opportunity, I didn’t have to think twice,” Folsom said. “I’m thrilled to join this stellar team and work with our remarkable board of directors, and a supportive community that loves their rivers and water as much as I do.”

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