Sally Bethea is the retired founding director of Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, an environmental advocacy organization established in 1994 whose mission is to protect and restore the Chattahoochee River, its tributaries and watershed. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in city and regional planning from Georgia Tech — as well as more than forty years of experience in environmental issues and nonprofit management. After retiring in 2014, Sally taught a graduate course in water resources planning at Georgia Tech for six years. Since 2015, she has written a monthly column for the Atlanta INtown paper called “Above the Waterline.” She is also the author of an environmental memoir called Keeping the Chattahoochee, which has been named a 2024 Book All Georgians Should Read.