The Leisure Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) announced Dave Chanda as the organization’s new president and chief govt officer. In his new role, Chanda will take care of all areas of RBFF functions and assume accountability for conference the strategic ambitions established by RBFF management.

Chanda, who originally joined the RBFF group in 2017 as Vice President of State & Federal Engagement, delivers to the part extra than 30 decades of leadership experience. “What an unbelievable honor to be chosen to guide RBFF,” claimed Chanda. “I have experienced a 23-yr extended affiliation with this group and have always been a steadfast supporter of their goals and mission. I glance forward to continuing to operate with this talented team as we proceed to mature fishing and boating opportunities in the course of the nation.”

“Dave has created remarkable development advancing state recruitment, retention and reactivation (R3) attempts during his time at RBFF,” explained RBFF Board Chairman and ZEBCO previous president Jeff Pontius. “We believe that he has the understanding and skills to carry on driving forward RBFF’s productive initiatives although also identifying ground breaking new methods that will both equally assist stakeholders and retain fishing and boating applicable with today’s people.”

Prior to signing up for RBFF, Chanda had a 37-year vocation with the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, which includes 11 many years as the agency’s Director. Chanda is the former president of the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) and was a crucial player on RBFF’s Board of Administrators for 9 many years. He holds a Masters’ Diploma in General public Administration from Rutgers College and is at present pursuing a Masters’ Diploma in Marketing from Johns Hopkins University.

Chanda succeeds Frank Peterson, who joined RBFF in 2007. All through Peterson’s tenure, RBFF contributed to marked raises in fishing license revenue, attracted hundreds of thousands of new anglers to fishing, and assisted expand the percentage of older people who participate in leisure boating to record figures.

“I’ve acknowledged Dave for numerous yrs, and I can’t think of a far better person to have ahead the important perform we do to boost participation in fishing and boating and the significant conservation attempts that rely on it,” claimed Peterson. “Adding to Dave’s extensive expertise operating with state and federal organizations, he is surrounded by a talented group of marketing professionals who are devoted to RBFF’s mission.”


“I also want to thank Frank and admit his management in doing the job on behalf of the boating and fishing communities these very last 15 decades. He has been a good buddy and mentor,” included Chanda. Chanda officially assumes his new function on January 1, 2022.