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Boston, MA – September 23, 2014 – The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) announces that Jennifer Ryan has joined the organization as Director of Policy, recognizing sound policies, like a healthy environment, are critical to advancing their mission to protect special places.
Formerly Legislative Director for Mass Audubon, Ryan is a trained conservation biologist and passionate advocate for natural resource protection and connecting people to the land and great outdoors. In her new role with The Trustees she will be spearheading advocacy initiatives that support the organization’s mission to protect and promote iconic natural, historic, and cultural places of Massachusetts. Ryan will work to inform and engage Massachusetts residents and visitors to protect these special places, using the organization’s wide array of statewide scenic, natural, agricultural, and cultural sites as a platform.
“Jen’s extensive background in conservation-based advocacy and coalition-building will be a significant asset to The Trustees’ current and future initiatives in these important areas,” says Jocelyn Forbush, Trustees Vice President for Program Leadership. “Her extensive experience in advocating for endangered species, community preservation, and land protection will be invaluable as we look to grow our public policy and advocacy work statewide.”
“I am very excited to be joining The Trustees,” adds Ryan. “There is much to do to protect the special places in Massachusetts, and with The Trustees’ reach and depth, together we can get it done. Issues like land conservation, historic preservation, and locally grown, fresh food impact all of us and are integral to The Trustees’ mission and our collective quality of life in the Commonwealth and beyond.”
Before joining The Trustees, Ryan served as Legislative Director for Mass Audubon for six years. While there, she played a critical role in advancing climate change policies, advocating for land protection funding and revisions to the Community Preservation Act and protecting endangered species. She also authored the “Political Landscape,” a regular column in Mass Audubon’s Sanctuary Magazine. Before that, Ryan was an invertebrate zoologist at the Massachusetts Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program where she served as a contributing scientist to the award winning BioMap and Living Waters conservation plans. Ryan has also been a guest lecturer at Harvard’s Kennedy School, Suffolk University, Wheaton College and Brandeis. She currently sits on the boards of the Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters and Massachusetts Nonprofit Network and serves as President of the Arlington Land Trust.
Ryan holds a BA in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Connecticut and her MS Science from the University of Maine in Conservation Biology and Entomology.
About The Trustees of Reservations
The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) “hold in trust” and care for properties, or “reservations,” of irreplaceable scenic, cultural, and natural significance for the general public to enjoy. Founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees is the world’s oldest regional land trust and one of Massachusetts’ largest conservation and preservation non profits. Supported by more than 100,000 members and donors and thousands of volunteers, The Trustees own and manage 112 spectacular reservations including working farms, historic homesteads and landscaped gardens, community parks, barrier beaches, mountain vistas and woodland trials located on more than 26,000 acres throughout the Commonwealth. An established leader in the conservation and preservation movement and worldwide, The Trustees have also worked with community partners to protect an additional 34,000 acres. With hundreds of outreach programs, workshops, camps, concerts and events annually designed to engage all ages in its mission, The Trustees invite you to Find Your Place and get out and experience the natural beauty and culture our state has to offer. For more information, visit: www.thetrustees.org.