Anna Killius – Champion of the Chesapeake

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Anna Killius is a Policy Analyst at the James River Association (JRA). From the banks of the James River, to the halls of Virginia’s General Assembly, Anna is an impassioned steward, advocate, and rising star among the next generation of Chesapeake champions. It’s hard to over-sell her accomplishments at the General Assembly, where she’s already accumulated an impressive track record. Anna has helped to secure bipartisan legislation that keeps coal ash out of our rivers and cattle out of our streams. She’s also successfully lobbied for bills that promote the implementation of living shorelines, and against bills that would shortsightedly loosen Virginia’s oversight of water use and extraction.
Anna’s achievements, however, extend beyond the General Assembly. In addition, Anna gives voice to the environmental community as a member of the Chesapeake Bay Citizens Advisory Committee. She also serves as legislative co-chair for the Virginia Conservation Network, where she liaises with dozens of environmental groups and facilitates the vital conversations that prioritize environmental issues, expand their audience, diversify their voices, and find common ground. Before joining JRA, Anna was selected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as a 2014 Knauss Sea Grant Legislative Fellow and served as legislative counsel for Congressman John Sarbanes of Maryland, advancing his work as co-chair of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Caucus. Anna also represents JRA within the Choose Clean Water Coalition, where regional advocacy and implementation strategies are devised.
Anna has spent most of her life on the shores of the Bay, and has chosen to make the Bay the centerpiece of her life’s work. Her talent and passion for the job are clear. Coupled with a deeply instilled connection to the Chesapeake, her work will continue paying dividends for Chesapeake Bay conservation for years to come.

Congratulate Anna for being a Champion of the Chesapeake

Congratulations Anna! Keep doing great things!


Congratulations, Anna! Very well deserved for all of your hard work and dedication. In your short time with JRA, you have made a tremendous impact.

– Bill Street

Well deserved, Anna! Congratulations!

– Mason Manley

 I knew I recognized your name….it just took me a minute to remember our visits with you in Congressman Sarbanes’ office some years ago. Congratulations from the Maryland Historical Trust on being named a Champion of the Chesapeake!

– Elizabeth Hughes

This so cool!! What a great award! And you are a deserving recipient!! We are fortunate to have you on our team, personally, professionally and for the James and Bay!
Glad your hard work is being recognized!
 – E

This is proof positive that great things happen when you put your heart and soul into work that you love. Congratulations on receiving such a well deserved honor. I am so proud of you!

– Aunt Lori

Congratulations Anna! Thank you for all that you do. 

– Emilie Lahneman

Anna, Congratulations! As a Virginian myself, I am proud that you have been selected. Even moreso, however, I applaud your work on behalf of the Chesapeake and your courage and commitment to influence activities and legislation for a more livable, environmentally responsible and economically vibrant future for our Bay and its watershed. As an inspiration to others in the “Next Generation,” your impact is huge, and hugely essential for all of us, and those who come after you. Thank you.

– John Reynolds, Chesapeake Conservancy Board of Directors

Congratulations, Pea!

– Lynn Killius

As a board member of the Chesapeake Conservancy, I am proud to offer my personal congratulations to you for receiving this important award. Having watched you step up to the plate to offer comments to Governor Northam, i am aware of your ability to clearly and concisely carry forward important Bay work at all levels.

Safe wishes, Verna

Congratulations, Anna. So well deserved. You ROCK!

– Catherine Buchanan

You are a professional through and through! Thanks for all you do!

– Daria Christian