Jesse Illiff

2022 Board Chair, Board Member (2017 - 2022)

Jesse Iliff is the Executive Director of Severn River Association.

Jesse obtained his juris doctor with a certificate of concentration in environmental law from the University of Maryland, Carey School of Law. A native of Arnold, Maryland, he interned with the Office of the Attorney General’s Environmental Crimes Unit before litigating a variety of cases in state and federal court after entering private practice in 2010. Jesse also served as co-executive of the Maryland Environmental Law Society. In addition, he completed an Asper Fellowship with the Anne Arundel County Office of Law’s natural resources division. Jesse was the South, West & Rhode Riverkeeper at Arundel Rivers Federation until he left to become the Executive Director of Severn River Association in 2022. Before joining Arundel Rivers Federation, Jesse provided pro bono counsel and representation to many groups through the Chesapeake Legal Alliance, most notably securing a permit from the Maryland Department of Environment to construct a living shoreline for the Pines Community Association on the Severn River in 2014. In his spare time Jesse enjoys softball, boating, hiking and cross country skiing.