Kincey Potter (2018)
Leaving a Legacy
of Clean Water
"Kincey was the nucleus of the South River Federation before we even had an Executive Director or staff"
A Driving Force For Cleaner Water
South River Federation Board Member Emeritus, Kincey Potter, passed away this weekend after a decade long battle with metastatic breast cancer. Kincey Potter didn’t found the South River Federation; but for more than a decade she was a major driving force behind what it is today. 

Kincey Potter was a leader of the South River Federation and was instrumental in the professionalization of the organization, helping to transition it from a volunteer-led group to one with an Executive Director and several paid staff with the capacity to effectively fulfill its mission to protect and preserve the South River. As Board Chair she set a model for organizational accountability and took a leadership role in engaging the Board to put the Federation on a sustainable fiscal footing.

Over the years, she recruited and coached exceptional individuals to help lead the Federation. Many of these individuals point to her leadership and mentoring as the key to their success at the Federation and onward in their careers.

Perhaps, the greatest contribution Kincey made manifests itself in a legacy of guiding values that are instilled in the culture of the South River Federation. Her persistent yet pragmatic leadership, her long term perspective and vision, and her insistence on competence and integrity are hallmarks of the Federation’s actions to this day. Those of us fortunate enough to have been on this journey with her are better people for the experience. She will be missed.

Because of Kincey’s vision, leadership and tenacity, the Federation is today noted for its: 

  • Science-based RiverKeeper,
  • Stormwater restoration program recognized by the EPA and state-wide for its excellence,
  • Fundraising and development capacity that propelled the growth of the Federation over the past decade, and
  • Community outreach program that resulted in the Federation being recognized as the best non-profit in Anne Arundel county for the past three years.
A Distinguished Career
After a twenty year career, Kincey retired as a Vice President of American Management Systems (AMS), a billion dollar information technology and business consulting firm based in Fairfax, Virginia. During her tenure at AMS, she managed large, complex projects that leveraged information technology to achieve strategic business results.

In 2001, she took on a consultant job with Morgan Stanley. On Sept. 11, 2001 she was in her office in the World Trade Center when tragedy struck, but was able to escape down the stairs. Kincey graduated Phi Beta Kappa from William and Mary College and received her Master’s degree from Rutgers University.

Kincey served on the boards of South River Federation, Anne Arundel Watershed Stewards Academy and String of Pearls, and was very involved with the Anne Arundel Chapter of the League of Conservation Voters. She also strongly advocated for a dedicated funding stream to address polluted stormwater. Today, Watershed Protection Restoration Program oversees a budget of $22 million and a staff of 33.

In 2016, she was awarded the Ellen Fraites Wagner Award from the Chesapeake Bay Trust, for those who work tirelessly to restore and protect their local natural resources and engage community members in those efforts. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Bruce Potter.

In accordance with her wishes, there will be no immediate service, but a memorial commemoration will be held at a future time.