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Chesapeake Bay Trust Adds New Voices to Its Leadership

Chesapeake Bay Trust

Annapolis, Md. (October 24, 2019)—The Chesapeake Bay Trust introduces four new Councilmembers, four new ex officio Trustees, and one new Governor-appointed Trustee to its organizational leadership. 

The Chesapeake Bay Trust, a non-profit grant-making organization established by the Maryland General Assembly in 1985, is a unique organization in the region, providing support for hundreds of community and natural resource projects per year and over $100 million since inception.   Because all communities benefit from healthy natural resources and at the same time, all communities can help improve natural resources, the Trust strives to engage all audiences of the region in natural resources programs.  The grants supported by the Trust lead to actions that measurably improves local communities and increase resource stewardship through grant awards focusing on education, restoration, community engagement, science and innovation, and capacity building.

“These new voices, coming from academia, government, and private industry, are going to greatly help the Trust accomplish its mission,” stated Trust board chairman, Gary Jobson of Jobson Sailing Inc, a world-class America’s Cup sailor, former ESPN commentator, and NBC Olympic commentator.  “These individuals are pillars of their communities, and we are thrilled to add them to the Trust family.”

“Education is the most important structure in our society, and I am excited to add my expertise to the leadership of the Trust,” said Dr. Rhonda Jeter, Bowie State University.  “Through education, we can prepare our children today to interact responsibly with the Bay and the environment so that it will be here for them tomorrow.”

“I’m honored to be asked to serve on the Advisory Council to CBT. I'm especially excited to be able to support the efforts of the CBT staff and board as they continue their Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice journey,” said Vernice Miller-Travis, Metropolitan Group.

The new Councilmembers [include]: 

Dr. Rhonda Jeter, Dean of the College of Education, Bowie State University;

Dr. Jeter was promoted to full professor in 2012, served as department chair for eight years, and served as associate dean in the College of Education before her promotion to Dean. She provided leadership for international program and in securing program accreditations from the National Council for Accreditation of teacher Education and Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs.

Vernice Miller-Travis, Executive Vice President for Environment and Sustainability, Metropolitan Group;

For more than 30 years, Vernice has been a leading proponent of environmental justice and equitable and sustainable development, at the nexus between civil rights and environmental enforcement. Of Bowie, Maryland, she was recently awarded the Robert Bullard Environmental Justice Award from the Sierra Club, which recognizes individuals who have done outstanding work in the area of environmental justice.




A Record-Shattering 1,122 Persons Use Local SoberRide Program on Halloween
D.C. Area’s Anti-Dui Effort Removes Potential Drunk Driver From Area Roadways Every 19-Seconds Over The Weekend


Washington, D.C., (October 30, 2019)—A record-shattering 1,122 persons in the Washington-metropolitan area used the free safe ride service, SoberRide®, this Halloween (Saturday, October 26) as opposed to possibly driving home drunk.

“For its hours of operation this Halloween, this level of ridership translates into SoberRide removing a potential drunk driver from Greater Washington’s roadways every 19-seconds,” said Kurt Gregory Erickson, President of the nonprofit Washington Regional Alcohol Program, the organization conducting the region’s SoberRide® effort.

WRAP’s 2019 Halloween SoberRide® campaign began at 10 p.m. on Saturday, October 26, 2019 and continued until 4 a.m., the next day, Sunday, October 27, 2019, as a way to keep local roads safe from potentially impaired drivers during this traditionally high-risk holiday. During this six-hour period, area residents celebrating with alcohol could download Lyft to their phones, then enter the code SAFEHALLOWEEN19 in the app’s “Promo” section to receive their no cost (up to $15) safe transportation home while supplies lasted. SoberRide was available to both new and existing Lyft users.

(In 2017, WRAP announced a partnership with the ridesharing service Lyft to provide WRAP’s SoberRide® service in the Washington-metropolitan area. SoberRide®, the popular free safe ride service to prevent drunk driving, is solely available via the Lyft mobile app ridesharing platform.)

The most recent Halloween ridership of 1,122 users was the highest for that holiday in SoberRide’s 29-year history. SoberRide’s prior record for Halloween SoberRide ridership had been 715 users in 2017. Since partnering with Lyft, WRAP reports a more than tripling of its annual SoberRide® ridership (the charity also offers its free safe ride service on St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Independence Day and the winter holidays through and including New Year’s Eve) with 5,000 total riders in 2018 versus 1,655 in 2016 (the last year when the SoberRide® program was serviced by participating local taxicab companies).

Lyft provided SoberRide® trips throughout the Washington-metropolitan area to local residents age 21 and older who otherwise may have attempted to drive home after drinking.

SoberRide® was offered throughout Lyft’s Washington, D.C. coverage area which includes all or parts of: the District of Columbia; the Maryland counties of Montgomery and Prince George’s; and the Northern Virginia counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William.

More information about WRAP’s SoberRide® initiative can be found at


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