Lisa Vernegaard has been named executive director of Sudbury Valley Trustees, succeeding Ron McAdow, according to a press release.
The Massachusetts resident previously served as vice president at The Trustees of Reservations, the world's oldest regional land trust.
“I am humbled and honored to lead Sudbury Valley Trustees,” said Vernegaard, who will be stepping into he new position on Oct. 7. “This is an extraordinary organization with an outstanding record of accomplishments in protecting the nature of the 36 communities that comprise the Concord, Assabet, and Sudbury river basin. I am excited to work with SVT’s incredible board, staff, volunteers, and supporters to build on this amazing legacy.”
Vernegaard worked at The Trustees for more than 20 years, leading the organization to conserve landscapes, protect and manage farms, and reduce its own carbon footprint.
Before that, she was a land manager for the Commonwealth, worked on Thompson's Island as an educator, and for the United States Forest Service in Utah.
Between 2003 and 2008, Vernegaard served as chair of the SVT's stewardship committee.
She holds a B.A. in Biology from Carleton College in Minnesota and a Masters in Forest Science from Yale University.
Vernegaard is passionate in her commitment to conservation and nature, and lives by the banks of the Assabet River in Maynard.
“We are delighted to welcome Lisa as our new executive director,” says Colin Anderson, president of Sudbury Valley Trustees’ Board of Directors. “It is a testament to our strong reputation in the land protection community that we received such a rich and diverse pool of applicants for this important position. Lisa brings a proven track record of leadership in land and wildlife conservation, and we are confident she will help us build on the many accomplishments made during Ron McAdow’s tenure.”
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