Chris Liebold ’14 Connects his Passion with a Purpose during Summer Fellowship

Chris Liebold Fellowship


Since graduating last May with degrees in Environmental Studies and Political Science, Christopher Liebold has continued to explore ways to connect his passion for improving the environment with his purpose of helping others.  

One month after graduation, Liebold began working with the Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW), a nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping the Olentangy River, a 97-mile-long tributary of the Scioto River in Central Ohio, clean and safe for people to enjoy.  

“I wanted to work for FLOW because it is an environmental group that has a great mission for the watershed. That definitely appealed to me,” Liebold said. “I have always had an appreciation for the environment, and I strongly believe in doing what we can to restore areas to their natural state.” 

Liebold joined FLOW as a participant in The Columbus Foundation’s 2014 Summer Fellowship Program. Launched in 2010, the 10-week program offers college students and recent graduates an opportunity to work with Central Ohio nonprofit organizations to gain career-related experience. Liebold is one of 11 young professionals participating in the fellowship and will receive a $5,000 stipend for his work. He will complete the fellowship on Aug. 8. Liebold and the other participants share their experiences in a blog. 

“Being a principal planner of ODU’s Panther Pride Pitch-In made me especially qualified to work for FLOW. Many of my environmental classes have definitely prepared me for this type of work.” 

Liebold is working on a Geographic Information System, which is a computer system that collects, stores and analyzes geographical data, of projects that have been completed as part of the organization’s Watershed Action Plan. For Liebold, this fellowship program is an important step toward accomplishing his professional goals. 

“My plan after this experience is to begin law school,” Liebold said. “FLOW’s network includes many former attorneys, and I believe this experience, particularly with regard to environmental policy, will pay dividends in my political and legal career.”