In 1994 I stepped into a part-time position as the only staff member of a local land trust on the coast of Maine. With one year of service on the Board as my only relevant experience, I was faced with the challenge of learning how to do the job while doing it. I had to learn the legal and accounting requirements for running a nonprofit and the principles of organizational management. I had to learn how to get a newsletter put together and mailed. I had to learn a wealth of specialized information about land trust issues. And I had to answer the phone and keep the floor swept. After 14 years, I left an organization with three professional staff members, over 800 active members and over $2 million raised for land acquisition in addition to the annual operating budget of $200,000+.

That experience has given me a very practical approach to helping nonprofits do their work effectively. I understand the sometimes fragile relationship between the theory of organizational management and the reality of limited resources applied to ambitious goals. I can help you translate theory into practice, and help you over the rough spots when it doesn’t seem to work. 

 

Work Experience

Executive Director          Frenchman Bay Conservancy

Led four capital campaigns that raised a total of $1.3 million for property acquisition, in addition to raising funds for a $200,000 operating budget. Tripled the number of active members. Developed bookkeeping systems and membership database. Led the Board through three strategic planning efforts, and led the development of a conservation plan.

 

Volunteer Experience

Maine Land Trust Network

The Maine Land Trust Network is a service provided by Maine Coast Heritage Trust to offer technical assistance and networking support to the community of over 100 land trusts in Maine. It is overseen by a Steering Committee of Board and staff members of member land trusts. I chaired the committee that developed the original charter for the Network and served on the Steering Committee for ten years, including serving as chair the first year.

Maine Coast Protection Initiative

The Maine Coast Protection Initiative is a collaborative effort among Maine land trusts and other conservation nonprofits, the Land Trust Alliance and state and federal agencies to increase the resources and support available for conservation on the Maine coast. I served on the Steering Committee throughout the project and participated in an intensive planning effort to guide the project.

 

Education

Stanford University

BA in Anthropology