Adam Schellhammer joined VCC in 2022 as the Executive Director. Before joining the VCC family, Adam worked with the Healthy Water Department in Auckland, New Zealand, to deliver community-based climate resiliency programs. Focusing on building impactful relationships with residents, legislators, and industry representatives, Adam worked to implement a number of different initiatives aimed at addressing local environmental concerns. Seaweed aquaculture pilots, living infrastructure, and watershed restoration for rural and urban landscapes were pillars for the “mountains to sea” approach to the resource management efforts. Adam also managed the Monroe County Conservation District in Monroe County, Pennsylvania, which was responsible for implementing a number of state and federal water quality and pollution reduction programs. His passion for conservation was fostered from youth through engaging in outdoor pursuits in rural Pennsylvania and along the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. He has a passion for working with people with diverse backgrounds and interests to better connect communities to the land and on-going conservation efforts. Adam earned his B.S. in Environmental Biology from Millersville University and his Master’s of Natural Resource Management from Virginia Tech.
Adam is joined on this adventure by his wife, Beth, and his daughter, Avery. Most weekends they can be found exploring the region and its many natural wonders or searching for the many food-gems in the wonderful towns and communities throughout the Shenandoah Valley.