Mary Griffin Appointed Regional Director for Southeast, Cape & Islands

Release Date:
March 3, 2016

LINCOLN, MA—Mass Audubon has named Mary Griffin, former Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game and a longtime official with the state environmental agencies, as its Regional Director for the Southeast, Cape & Islands.

The region encompasses more than a dozen Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries, including North River and Daniel Webster on the South Shore, Long Pasture and Wellfleet Bay on Cape Cod, Sesachacha Heathlands and Felix Neck on Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, respectively, and Allens Pond in Dartmouth and Westport.

As Fish and Game Commissioner, Griffin was responsible for ensuring the biodiversity of the Commonwealth, managing marine and freshwater fisheries, and protecting wildlife species and natural communities, as well as the habitats that support them.

She earlier served as Deputy Commissioner at the Department of Environmental Protection, General Counsel in the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Chief of Legal Services at the Department of Conservation and Recreation, and as an assistant attorney general in the Environmental Protection Division of the Office of the Attorney General.

Most recently, Griffin served as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition.

Mass Audubon President Gary Clayton praised Griffin’s strong commitment to the protection of the Commonwealth’s natural resources.

“Mary brings to Mass Audubon the keen mind of an environmental attorney and the can-do skills of a manager who has succeeded in positions of increasing responsibility on behalf of the public,” Clayton said. “Her experience will serve our Southeast, Cape and Islands Region well, particularly in addressing land conservation, environmental education, and the preservation of rare and endangered species.”

Griffin said a shared sense of environmental ideals is making for a smooth transition.

“I quickly found Mass Audubon to be a valued partner during my tenure with the state environmental agencies,” Griffin said. “And so I’m both humbled and gratified to join this respected conservation organization in its mission to protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife.”


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