The Trustees is one of Massachusetts’ largest nonprofits and the nation’s first conservation and preservation organization. The Trustees’ passion is to protect and share with everyone the irreplaceable natural and cultural treasures under its care, which includes more than 100 special spaces totaling nearly 27,000 acres. Each year, more than 2 million people visit The Trustees’ reservations, 250,000 people participate in its more than 5,000 programs and events, and volunteers contribute over 50,000 hours of assistance in all aspects of its work. The organization is funded and supported by visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 60,000 member households.
The Trustees engaged us in 2021 in their search for a Portfolio Director, the Islands. Based in Martha’s Vineyard and reporting to the headquarters in Boston, this unique position would play a vital role in advancing The Trustees’ commitment to public access and community engagement, coastal resiliency, and farm-based learning. The organization was seeking a multi-faceted leader who could draw on diverse experiences and expertise to oversee four significant areas:
Key to the successful completion of the search was…
The search concluded with the successful hiring of Darci Schofield. Darci joined The Trustees from the National Recreation and Parks Association, where she served as Senior Program Manager. In that role, Darci designed and implemented technical assistance across the U.S. on park access for equity, health, and resilience and designed and developed new business models. Previously she was a Senior Environmental Planner at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, where she produced 15 environmental plans on climate vulnerability, natural hazard mitigation, climate-smart parks, and nature-based solutions for climate.
The Trustees remains focused on growing the support they need to preserve and share globally that rare habitats that are so critical to the Islands’ communities and its visitors.
I am so grateful that Development Guild reached out to me about this role, especially since I wasn’t actively in the job market. Even though The Trustees was Development Guild’s client, I always felt valued. Their consultants were transparent, supportive, and communicative throughout the entire process. It was an excellent experience.
- Darci Schofield, placed as Portfolio Director, The Islands at The Trustees
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