Chief, Operations & Programs
2000 – Present
Jocelyn Forbush, Chief, Operations & Programs, joined The Trustees in 2000, first working in land conservation. Jocelyn has held a number of roles in the organization over her tenure, serving as the Regional Director for western Massachusetts, where she pioneered the organization’s work in gateway cities and underserved populations, established the nationally supported Highland Communities Initiative that led to The Trustees’ affiliation with Hilltowns Land Trust, and led acquisitions of iconic properties like Mount Warner and Land of Providence. In 2012, she was promoted to Vice President, Program Leadership, leading the mission-based work of The Trustees including land conservation, cultural resources, property stewardship, ecology, education, policy, and agriculture.
As Chief, Operations & Programs, she oversees a staff of 50 and carries responsibility for long-term plans and implementation of The Trustees’ strategies. Under Jocelyn’s leadership, The Trustees has established its first five-year agricultural vision, ten-year public gardens strategy, the Eliot Initiative (the organization’s top 20 list of properties to save), expanded The Trustees’ archival and curatorial work, and improved its capital planning and property care standards.
Jocelyn is a formally trained ecologist and, prior to working with The Trustees, worked for the Riverways Program of Mass Fisheries and Wildlife and the Quebec Labrador Foundation. Jocelyn earned her MS of Forest Science from the Yale School of Forestry; an MMus from McGill University and a BM from Northwestern University. She lives in Conway with her partner Dusty.