The Trustees of Reservations Welcome Chris Gagnon as Director of Finance

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Kristi Perry
Manager, Public Relations

Beverly, MA – The Trustees of Reservations, the nation’s oldest statewide land trust, is pleased to announce that Christopher Gagnon has joined the organization as Director of Finance.

In his new role, Mr. Gagnon will work closely with the Trustees CFO to manage the day to day financial operations for the organization, as well as to develop effective financial polices and procedures that will support decision making, improve organizational performance, and support overall business growth. 

Mr. Gagnon is a seasoned financial manager with over 15 years of experience in all aspects of financial operations for a variety of esteemed non profit organizations. Prior to joining The Trustees, Mr. Gagnon served as Comptroller for the North American Family Institute (NAFI) in Peabody, MA. NAFI is a leading human services organization that works with numerous government agencies to help children, adults and families grow and change in order to better their lives and the world around them. Before that, Mr. Gagnon worked for Catholic Charities of Boston. He served in a number of positions including Child Care Division Business Manager, Financial Analyst, and Senior Business Systems Administrator.

“We are thrilled to have someone of Chris’ expertise, energy, and leadership join The Trustees as the Director of Finance,” says John McCrae, Trustees of Reservations Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Gagnon is a native of Ipswich and 1987 graduate of Ipswich High. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Westfield State College in Westfield, MA in 1992. He currently lives in Rowley, MA.

More about The Trustees of Reservations in the Northeast
On the North Shore, The Trustees own and manage some 20 reservations in Essex County including: Agassiz Rock, Appleton Farms and Appleton Grass Rides, Castle Hill, Crane Beach and the Crane Wildlife Refuge, Coolidge Reservation, Crowninshield Island, Greenwood Farm, Halibut Point, Long Hill, Misery Islands, Mount Anne Park, Old Town Hill, Pine and Hemlock Knoll, Ravenswood Park, Stavros Reservation, Stevens-Coolidge Place, Ward Reservation and Weir Hill. Encompassing 5,794 acres, these properties contain some of the most spectacular natural, historic and cultural resources in Massachusetts and offer woodlands and hilltops, coastlines, great estates, historic houses and gardens as well as programs such as outdoor concerts, farm days, summer camps and plant sales throughout the region. 

The Trustees of Reservations Statewide
The Trustees are 100,000 people like you who love the outdoors and the distinctive charms of New England, and believe in celebrating and protecting them for current and future generations. Founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees “hold in trust,” and care for, 104 spectacular “reservations” located on more than 26,000 acres in 75 communities throughout Massachusetts.

All Trustees reservations are open for the public to enjoy and range from working farms and historic homesteads – several of which are National Historic Landmarks – to formal gardens, barrier beaches, open meadows, woodland trails, mountain vistas, and a Gold LEED-certified green building in Leominster, the Doyle Center, which serves as a meeting space and gathering place for the conservation community. Of The Trustees’ 26,000 acres, 12,000 are priority habitat for 89 threatened species.

The Trustees also work to promote healthy, active, green communities around the state, by providing hundreds of year-round programs and events that inspire people of all ages to enjoy the outdoors and appreciate the history, nature, and culture of the Commonwealth. Most programs and events are free-of-charge or heavily discounted for members. An established and accredited leader in the conservation movement, The Trustees also hold perpetual conservation restrictions on more than 19,000 additional acres (a total larger than any other conservation organization in Massachusetts), and have worked with community partners to assist in the protection of an additional 16,000 acres around the Commonwealth. One of the largest non-profits in the state of Massachusetts, The Trustees employ 152 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 how to apply for employment, request a speaker for an event, become an organizational partner, interview Trustees’ experts on important topics and issues, or become a member, please contact