The Otsego Land Trust recently announced that Virginia Kennedy will be joining the Land Trust team as its new executive director beginning in March.
According to a media release, her appointment is the culmination of a nationwide search that included more than 50 qualified applicants.
“Virginia brings passion for our mission, leadership, and vision. We welcome her and look forward to working together to connect people to the landscapes we are protecting,” Carla Hall-Friedman, who chaired the executive director search committee, said in the release.
Kennedy is outreach and development manager of the Delaware Highlands Conservancy in Hawley, Pa. and Bethel. The release said, at the conservancy, she led the successful restructuring of all outreach and communication programs, enhanced the conservancy’s position with landowners and in the community, increased organizational fundraising and managed the conservancy’s successful merger with another environmental nonprofit. Previously, Kennedy taught high school and college-level English. She is a published writer who holds an master’s degree in English from Montclair State University and a doctorate in English and American Indian Studies from Cornell University, where her research and writing focused on environmental ethics.
The release said Kennedy comes to Otsego Land Trust with a passion for land protection and for assuring that land trusts will play an important role in helping communities make the vital connection between strong locally sustainable economies and protecting healthy land and water.
Kennedy said she is truly excited to be joining a dynamic organization such as the Otsego Land Trust.
“Land trusts play a vital role in communities all over America, protecting healthy lands and clean water, and connecting people to the importance of conservation. Otsego Land Trust has done an outstanding job in both land protection and education. I’m honored to join this dedicated team and contribute to its growing success,” she said in the release.