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The Trustees of Reservations, the nation’s oldest statewide land conservation organization, are pleased to announce that John Vasconcellos has joined the organization as Southeast Regional Director. A New Bedford resident, John is based at The Trustees’ Westport Field Office, where he oversees Trustees field staff and properties located within the organization’s Southeast Region, a land area encompassing more than two million acres, including Cape Cod and the Islands.
A native of New Bedford, Vasconcellos has extensive executive experience in nonprofit organizational management and fundraising, as well as a sincere passion for conservation in Southeastern Massachusetts. Prior to joining The Trustees, Vasconcellos served as Managing Director for Development and Marketing for the Gay Men’s Health Crisis in New York City, the nation’s first-ever AIDS service organization. While there, he created and implemented strategies that exceeded the organization’s objectives for board and fund development as well as external relations. Before that, he served as Vice President of Development and Communications for The Coalition for Buzzards Bay, a nonprofit environmental protection agency dedicated to the restoration, protection and sustainable use of the Bay and its watershed. During his six-year tenure, Vasconcellos expanded the size of the Coalition’s major donor society through strategic fund development and outreach campaigns.
Before moving back to the East Coast in 2003, Vasconcellos lived in San Francisco where he served as Director of Development for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. While there, he managed all fund development and special events for the Nation's most respected and storied AIDS services and advocacy organization, raising more than $13 million annually from private individuals and institutional donors.
Before moving to the world of nonprofit fundraising, management and board leadership, Vasconcellos held several prominent financial management positions, including Principal and Director of Client Administration for Wells Capital Management in San Francisco, Assistant Vice President and Supervisor for Wells Fargo in New York, and Assistant Treasurer and Manager of Custody Services for Chase Manhattan Bank’s Private Banking Group in New York.
“We are excited to have someone of John’s passion and diverse leadership and development expertise join The Trustees as the Southeast Regional Director,” says Kathy Abbott, Trustees of Reservations Executive Vice President. “His proven accomplishments in fundraising, financial management, strategic planning, advocacy and activism, and ecological conservation will be a huge asset to our organization as we look to advance our mission in the Southeast Region of Massachusetts and beyond.”
Stretching from the South Coast to Cape Cod and the Islands, the Southeast region includes popular Trustees properties such as Copicut Woods in Fall River, Westport Town Farm in Westport and Long Point on Martha’s Vineyard, as well as some more hidden treasures such as East Over Reservation in Rochester and Lowell Holly in Mashpee. Within the past decade alone, The Trustees have protected more than 10,000 acres in this region, moving forward their vision of creating 351 healthy, active, and green communities throughout the Commonwealth.
Vasconcellos has held multiple board and volunteer positions over the years. Currently, he serves on the boards of LifeStream, Inc., and Our Sisters’ School, located in New Bedford, and the Marion Institute located in Marion. Other local board positions have included the New Bedford Education Foundation, Zeiterion Theatre, Marriage Equality Coalition of the South Coast, and New Bedford ACTS, all located in New Bedford.
He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and the Humanities from Providence College in Providence, RI, and currently lives in New Bedford with his husband.
More about The Trustees of Reservations
The Trustees of Reservations is the nation’s oldest statewide land conservation organization founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891 to “hold in trust” and care for properties of scenic, cultural and natural significance. Supported by members, donors and thousands of volunteers, The Trustees own and manage 106 spectacular “reservations” located on more than 26,000 acres in 76 communities throughout Massachusetts for current and future generations to enjoy.
The Trustees work to promote healthy, active, and green communities locally and around the state by providing hundreds of year-round programs, events and engagement opportunities for all ages. Most property entry fees, programs and events are free-of-charge or discounted for members.
Accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, The Trustees are an established leader in the conservation movement and model for other land trusts nationally and internationally. One of the largest nonprofits in Massachusetts, The Trustees employ 150 full-time, 49 regular part-time, and 400 seasonal staff with expertise in ecology, education, historic resources, land protection, conservation, land management, and planning. To find out more or to become a member or volunteer, please contact www.thetrustees.org.