The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation said Dave Chanda will succeed Frank Peterson as the organization’s president and chief executive officer.
Chanda joined RBFF in 2017 as state and federal engagement vice president after serving nearly four decades with the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, including an 11-year run as agency director. Chanda also is a former president of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and served on the RBFF board of directors for nine years.
He begins his role as RBFF president and CEO on Jan. 1.
“What an incredible honor to be selected to lead RBFF,” Chanda said in a statement. “I have had a 23-year-long association with this organization and have always been a steadfast supporter of their goals and mission. I look forward to continuing to work with this talented team as we continue to grow fishing and boating opportunities throughout the country.”
During Peterson’s tenure at RBFF, the organization’s Take Me Fishing campaign was a key driver in attracting millions of new anglers to the sport, and to boating.
“I can’t think of a better person to carry forward the important work we do to increase participation in fishing and boating and the critical conservation efforts that rely on it,” Peterson said. “Adding to Dave’s extensive experience working with state and federal agencies, he is surrounded by a talented group of marketing professionals who are dedicated to RBFF’s mission.”
Added RBFF board chairman Jeff Pontius: “We believe [Chanda] has the knowledge and expertise to continue driving forward RBFF’s successful initiatives while also identifying innovative new solutions that will both support stakeholders and keep fishing and boating relevant with today’s consumers.”