NLC News: NLC announces new Executive Director Emily Molden

The Board of the Nantucket Land Council is proud to announce that NLC Resource Ecologist Emily Molden has accepted the position as Executive Director.  “For the past 15 years, Emily has worked tirelessly at the Land Council to protect and preserve Nantucket’s natural environment.  Her background, education and experience, along with her dedication to the island and its natural resources made her an unparalleled choice to serve as the leader of the Land Council. We are thrilled to announce that Ms. Molden has been named the new Executive Director of the NLC, and look forward to a very productive and exciting year ahead,” said Board President Lucy Dillon.

Ms. Molden grew up in Carmel, NY, about 60 miles north of NYC, and first came to Nantucket in the fall of 2004 to fill the position of Resource Ecologist with the Land Council. She had just completed her second summer working for the Tuckernuck Land Trust on Tuckernuck Island, plus a two month stint on Muskeget, primarily as a shorebird monitor and educator. Emily studied Biological Sciences and Wildlife Biology at the University of Vermont and worked for multiple seasons on projects studying rare and endangered species in Colorado, Vermont and Massachusetts. Since 2004, Emily has led the NLC’s extensive research and education programs.  Ms. Molden has worked side by side with outgoing Executive Director Cormac Collier on the many advocacy and land protection initiatives at the Land Council. She is the lead NLC representative before the Nantucket Conservation Commission, providing sound guidance for wetland protection on the island. 2019 will be Emily’s 15th year with the NLC and she is looking forward to the transition into her new role as Executive Director. “I could not be more excited and proud to be leading the Nantucket Land Council into its next phase of environmental protection on the island.” Ms. Molden will begin serving in her new role as E.D. in late Spring 2019.

The Nantucket Land Council is Nantucket’s environmental advocate dedicated to protecting Nantucket’s natural world and rural character by holding and enforcing conservation restrictions, commissioning scientific research, monitoring development proposals, engaging in legal proceedings to protect natural resources, and educating the public on local environmental issues. Read about the NLC ‘s current projects, educational programs, research, and more at