Sharon, MA – December 1, 2011 – The Trustees of Reservations announced today that Andy Kendall will step down from his role as president in March of 2012, capping 12 years of visionary leadership and service at the 120-year-old conservation organization. Kendall made the difficult decision to leave the organization after a family tragedy this summer prompted him to refocus both his personal and professional priorities.
Kendall is leaving The Trustees at a time of continued strength and growth for the conservation leader, which is the 8th largest nonprofit in Massachusetts. Under Kendall’s leadership, The Trustees have dramatically increased the number of acres they protect and the reservations they own and care for across the Commonwealth, from 34,000 acres and 85 reservations and in 2000 to 61,000 acres and 106 reservations – all of which are open to the public – today.
Additionally, Kendall helped to grow The Trustees’ active membership from 25,000 households in 2000 to more than 44,000. He also established volunteerism, sustainability and engagement as core priorities for the organization, and was responsible for embracing increased urban conservation, local food access and farming, and cultural resource protection as critical facets of The Trustees’ overall mission. Kendall also helped to expand The Trustees’ capacity through strategic affiliations with like-minded organizations including Boston Natural Areas Network and the Hilltown Land Trust, and led the organization to forge stronger alliances with public and private partners and other land trusts across the state.
“Andy’s accomplishments over his 12-year tenure have been extraordinary,” says David D. Croll, chair of The Trustees’ Board of Directors and Managing General Partner of MC Venture Partners of Boston and Managing Member of Broad Street Realty Investors. “We are very sorry to see Andy leave The Trustees, but we remain as committed as ever to providing exemplary care of our 106 properties statewide, to ensuring exceptional experiences for our 1 million visitors each year and to our vision of creating healthy, active, and green communities across Massachusetts,.”
“I have felt privileged to be able to lead The Trustees alongside so many talented and committed staff, volunteers, supporters, and partners,” says Kendall. “I know that I’m leaving at a time when The Trustees have never been stronger or more vibrant. I look forward to watching the organization carry on the work that we started together into the next decade and beyond.”
For more information on the search for a new president, visit www.thetrustees.org/executivesearch
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 73 communities throughout Massachusetts for current and future generations to enjoy.
The Trustees work to promote healthy, active, and green communities locally across Massachusetts 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.