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PM Announces New Executive Director 

Dear Preservation Friends and Colleagues,

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce that Jessica Rudden-Dube has been selected as the new Executive Director of Preservation Massachusetts, Inc. (PM). 

Jessica brings years of experience in history, nonprofit administration, and education to the organization. Her record of inspirational management and dynamic public engagement through a broad-ranging history museum and a nonprofit historic library and archive, her ability to engage key stakeholders and diverse audiences, and her deep appreciation for historic preservation make her an ideal leader for Preservation Massachusetts in its next chapter. Her appointment as PM Executive Director received unanimous endorsement from the Board of Directors. 

For more than a decade, Jessica has served in the nonprofit sector. She has extensive senior leadership experience in

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management, strategic planning, donor relations, operations, marketing, fundraising, and public engagement. Most recently, she was the Executive Director of Cotuit Library Association, Inc., which serves the culturally rich Town of Barnstable and greater Cape Cod. There, she was the primary advocate and steward for the Library’s historic 1830s building with a goal of sustainable preservation. Jessica led organizational operations, cultivated strategic partnerships and donor relationships, stewarded the Library’s programs and services in the community, managed core staff and volunteers, and developed and implemented the Library’s most recent strategic plan. 

Previously, Jessica served for almost a decade in senior-level positions on the executive leadership team at Plimoth Patuxet Museums, Inc., where she was deeply involved in the writing and implementation of the museum’s strategic plan; the acquisition and management of grant, capital campaign, and foundational support; and the Museum’s operations, marketing, and public engagement. She was also a key project leader in the renovation and restoration of multiple historical properties and built landscapes. From initiatives such as the replanting and maintenance of the Museum’s Olmsted/Cunningham-designed Hornblower Garden to the renovation of a turn-of-the-century carriage house into an exhibition space and bakery, Jessica’s appreciation of historic preservation is evident in the successful outcomes of all projects she undertakes.

This is an exciting time for PM, as the organization approaches its 40th anniversary in 2025. As the preservation landscape in the Commonwealth continues to evolve, we are confident that Jessica’s depth of perspective and experience will help to guide our future. We feel fortunate to have her join the team and look forward to our next successful chapter with her at the helm.

Warm Regards,

Mary A. Thompson
Chair, Board of Directors

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