Sherman – Amanda Branson has been named Executive Director of Naromi Land Trust. She will be Naromi’s first Executive Director. Margery Josephson, President of Naromi Land Trust, in announcing this new position, said “Amanda Branson’s many years of land trust experience, coupled with her knowledge of Naromi from her consultancy work for us over the years, gives us our best possible Executive Director.”
Since 2007 Amanda has been working with Naromi, supporting the Board of Directors, ensuring compliance with national standards, and managing Naromi’s program activities, like editing its popular eNewsletter and website. She will guide Naromi though the accreditation process of the national Land Trust Alliance and help our Board achieve Naromi’s goal to implement its creed: “Forever. Sherman.”
Amanda has been working with non-profit organizations since 2003 providing services to help groups connect to their community, accomplish their goals, and streamline their operations. Amanda leads the Connecticut Records Project, a joint program of the Land Trust Alliance and the Connecticut Land Conservation Council that teaches land trusts sound record-keeping practices and conduct audits of property and organizational records. Over the last few years, fifteen land trusts have participated in this project. Amanda also provides services to land trusts throughout Connecticut including coaching on sound record-keeping practices, accreditation preparation support, and building organizational strength.
Amanda lives in Kent with her husband Clark and their three young children. Amanda has a BFA in Printmaking with a Minor in Art History from Maine College of Art. She has exhibited her art in Maine, Connecticut and New York and maintains a studio practice.
Naromi Land Trust was founded in 1968 and is the keeper of Sherman’s open space. Naromi has conserved 12% of Sherman’s land through ownership and conservation easement and is in the top 10% of land trusts nationally for number of completed conservation projects – no small feat for a small town and an all-volunteer organization. Naromi’s preserves include: Babbling Brook Farm, a working farm with 5 satellite hay fields; Wimisink Wildlife Sanctuary, recognized as an Important Bird Area with a wetland boardwalk and observation platform; Towner Hill, acquired with private, town, state and federal dollars and featuring a large pristine vernal pool; Herrick Trail, a trail known for a variety of woodland birds and connects to the Appalachian Trail; and the Mallory Preserve, features a lovely meandering trail with a woodland boardwalk in the center of town – beloved by many.
Press release contributed by Naromi Land Trust.