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Stockbridge & Holyoke, MA – March 18, 2013 – The Trustees of Reservations, the nation’s oldest statewide land conservation organization, is pleased to announce that Joanna S. Ballantine has joined the organization as Regional Director. An Amherst native, Joanna is based at The Trustees’ Holyoke and Stockbridge offices, where she oversees Trustees field staff and properties located in the Berkshires, Pioneer Valley and Central Massachusetts.
Ballantine, a passionate conservationist and outdoors enthusiast, has extensive executive experience in nonprofit management, innovative outreach programming and philanthropy. Prior to joining The Trustees, Ballantine served as Executive Director of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF), based in Western Massachusetts and working regionally, nationally, and in Israel. She served the Foundation with distinction during a period of incredible expansion for the organization and played a major role in its significant accomplishments including the growth of the HGF's three signature programs: the PJ Library, a global family engagement initiative; an early childhood literacy program in Israel; and a capacity-building institute focused on increasing the fundraising, board governance and technology efforts of more than 90 nonprofit overnight camps. During Ballantine's 12-year tenure the Foundation distributed over $110 million dollars in grants, program and operations in partnership with organizations and communities locally, nationally, and internationally.
Prior to her work with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, Ballantine was the Director of Community Planning for the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts. Before that, she was a Senior Planner for the Jewish Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma counties in California. In both roles, she contributed to the strategic planning efforts for the community and the beneficiary organizations of the regions served. She also served as Program Director for Hillel at the Claremont College in Southern California.
“We are thrilled Joanna has joined The Trustees as the Regional Director for our Western Massachusetts properties,” says Barbara Erickson, Trustees of Reservations President. “Her proven accomplishments in nonprofit leadership, community and program development, and fundraising combined with her passion for conservation and the outdoors will be a huge asset to our organization as we look to advance our mission in the Berkshires, Pioneer Valley, and Central Massachusetts and beyond.”
Ballantine has had many board and volunteer positions over the years including serving on the Board of the Brookfield Farm, a CSA serving the Pioneer Valley and Greater Boston, the Jewish Federation of Western MA, and as a member of the "Save the Mountain Coalition" in the Pioneer Valley. She is also an active member of the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, the Kestral Land Trust and the Appalachian Mountain Club.
She received her BA from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, her MSW from the University of Maryland at Baltimore, and MA from Baltimore Hebrew University. Ballantine and her family are engaged in the creation of a new environmental and sustainability farm and wilderness overnight camp, based in Putnam Valley, NY. She lives in Amherst, MA, with her husband Clay and their two active children.
About the Trustees of Reservations
The Trustees of Reservations is the nation’s oldest, statewide land trust and Massachusetts’ largest conservation organization. We were founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891 to “hold in trust” and care for properties, or “reservations,” of scenic, cultural, and natural significance for current and future generations to enjoy. Supported by more than 100,000 members and donors and thousands of volunteers, The Trustees own and manage 109 spectacular reservations located on more than 26,000 acres throughout Massachusetts. Our reservations range from working farms, historic homesteads and gardens, to community parks, gardens, and barrier beaches, and include five National Historic Landmarks and a National Natural Landmark. The Trustees work to promote healthy, active, and green communities through hundreds of annual outreach programs, workshops, and events for all ages. Accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, The Trustees are an established leader in the conservation and preservation 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 cultural resources, land protection, education, ecology, conservation, land management, and planning. To find out more or to become a member or volunteer, please contact www.thetrustees.org