Boston & Beverly, MA – June 2, 2014 – The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees), the nation’s first land trust established in 1891 and one of Massachusetts’ largest land conservation nonprofits, has named Blair Steck Director of Membership Acquisitions. With more than 42,000 Trustees household members across the state, Steck oversees the membership program and is working to develop new strategies and programs that retain current members as well as appeal to potential members from a broader demographic.
“We are thrilled to have Steck at the helm of our membership program,” says Matt Montgomery, Chief Marketing Officer. “She is an accomplished professional whose passion for our mission coupled with a natural ability to understand and connect with our membership as well as Massachusetts residents in general make her a wonderful addition to our growing organization.”
Steck joins The Trustees from the Museum of Science, Boston where she served as Membership Manager for four years. She has more than 14 years of nonprofit membership and development experience working with organizations such as the American Cancer Society, Winchester Hospital Foundation, and the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston.
“I am excited to be a part of this amazing organization and to get to know our members” notes Steck. “The bones of our membership program are great – with one of the highest retention rates I’ve seen almost anywhere. But, I think there’s always room to grow and I look forward to developing and sharing fun and easy ways for folks that are interested in our organization to be able to join. With forty percent of Massachusetts residents living within five miles of a Trustees property, I’d love to see a member in every town!”
An Oberlin College graduate, Steck grew up in Winchester, MA and spent summers at The Trustees’ acclaimed Crane Beach in Ipswich. Steck resides in Beverly with her husband and two little girls, just three miles from The Trustees headquarters in Beverly.
More about The Trustees of Reservations
An established leader in the conservation and preservation movement and a model for other land trusts nationally and internationally, The Trustees were founded in 1891 by visionary landscape architect Charles Eliot, a protégé of Frederick Law Olmsted, to “hold in trust” (or preserve) “reservations” (or parks) for public use and enjoyment. The Trustees currently care for more than 26,000 acres spread across 112 properties of scenic, natural and cultural significance across the state which are visited by over one million people annually. Holdings range from working farms and historic homesteads with landscaped gardens, to barrier beaches, mountain vistas, woodland trails and urban community parks and gardens. The organization also protects and holds conservation restrictions on an additional 20,000+ acres and has worked with public and private partners statewide to assist in the protection of an additional 24,000+ acres. One of Massachusetts’ largest non-profits, The Trustees employs a year-round staff of nearly 200 and 600 seasonal people with operating revenues over $26 million and an endowment that exceeds $140 million. To find out more, please visit: www.thetrustees.org.