New England Leadership Stories

With Fellow Amanda Beal at the helm of Maine's agriculture department, the state is uniquely positioned to push forward into the role of regional breadbasket that she helped lay in the 2014 report "A New England Food Vision"—and set a national example for how to build a sustainable, healthy, and just regional food system.Read more >
Fellow Bridie McGreavy is working with a diverse team to understand how news media coverage can shape the public understanding about important science issues. In particular, their research asks questions about how news articles represented the Penobscot River Restoration Project in Maine and the role of Penobscot Nation in the dam removal decision-making process.Read more >
“Ten years ago there were three solar companies in New Hampshire; today there are 90, and the next decade will be even more dramatic,” says Fellow Henry Herndon, casting his eyes in the direction of a new solar array on a local church in Durham. “I feel like I can have an impact in New Hampshire — and I already have had an impact in New Hampshire.”Read more >
Becky Cushing, Mass Audubon’s Berkshire Sanctuaries director, is soaring. She is supervising six properties, hosting bird walks and organizing concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She says of her new home, "I feel like the Berkshires has all these hidden places to explore that make you feel like the first person to have found them."Read more >
A recent feature in Harper's Magazine tells the story of 2010 Fellow Stephen Blackmer, priest at Church of the Woods -- a place of spiritual practice and transformation for people who encounter the divine in nature.Read more >
Fellow Sumit Kadakia and his wife have launched a New Haven-based start-up that is turning food production refuse into nutritious, tasty, and environmentally sustainable food.Read more >
We are proud to announce Fellow Sue Minter recently won the Democratic primary race for Governor of Vermont! This profile from VTDigger.com offers an excellent overview of her career and motivation for running for Governor. We will continue to bring you coverage of her campaign and the election in coming months.Read more >
Fellow Marissa McMahan is working with Maine locals and Venetian fishermen to turn the invasive green crab into a gourmet dish known in Italy as moleche.Read more >
You could say that Amanda Beal, who was just announced as the new president and CEO of the Maine Farmland Trust, came by her interest in farming policy naturally.Read more >
Earlier this spring, COMPASS led a policy communications training for the Switzer Fellows in Washington, D.C. that included practicing communication skills and learning about the world of policymakers, and was capped by meetings with policymakers on Capitol Hill. Marissa McMahan, a graduate student at Northeastern University who is studying the northern range expansion of black sea bass and how that affects both human and ecological systems in the Gulf of Maine, talks more about her experience in D.C.Read more >

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