PM Announces New Executive Director for 2022!


PLYMOUTH, MA, December 8, 2021 — Preservation Massachusetts announced today that Erin Kelly has been appointed as its next Executive Director. James Igoe, who has served as Executive Director since 2001, will remain with the organization as Policy and Legislative Consultant. These leadership appointments are effective January 1, 2022, and follow the unanimous vote of the Board of Directors.


“We are fortunate to have someone of Erin’s caliber and experience succeed Jim as the new leader of Preservation Massachusetts,” said John Gahan, Chair of Preservation Massachusetts’ Board of Directors. “Earlier this year, Jim expressed to the Board his desire to reduce his role starting in 2022. After careful deliberation, the Board unanimously selected Erin as his successor. We are fully confident in her ability to lead Preservation Massachusetts. Jim will continue to work with us as Policy and Legislative Consultant, using his extensive knowledge and experience to the benefit of the entire organization.”


“Erin is an exceptional leader who is well-respected within the historic preservation community in Massachusetts, the entire Northeast region, and Washington, DC, where so much of our policy and advocacy work takes place. If you asked Jim, he would tell you that he and Erin have shared leadership responsibilities for over a decade and that, for years, Erin has led Preservation Massachusetts’ annual fundraising and strategic planning. As an anchor of the team for 18 years, she brings an unmatched understanding of our operations and programs. Her leadership is essential to maintaining key relationships with constituents, funders, and stakeholders in the region,” Gahan concluded.


Kelly said, “I am honored and excited to lead the next chapter of Preservation Massachusetts. Having worked in close partnership with Jim for 18 years, I have learned from the very best. Our priorities of strong legislation, advocacy, and education are essential to the future of our Commonwealth. Preserving historic resources is more important than ever; it matters in every community across Massachusetts and the entire country.”


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