LGLC Welcomes New Executive Director, Jamie Brown

Brown,JamieThe Lake George Land Conservancy is announcing its new executive director, Jamie Brown. Brown officially began January 5, 2015, following the retirement of current Executive Director Nancy Williams.

“Nancy has built the Lake George Land Conservancy into a strong and solid land trust,” said Brown. “I am humbled, honored, and excited to be LGLC’s next Executive Director.”

Brown has worked in the land protection field for over 10 years, most recently as the director of land protection for Ducks Unlimited out of their headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee. Prior positions also include conservation director at the Frenchman Bay Conservancy in Hancock, Maine, and land preservation specialist at the Morris Land Conservancy in Boonton, New Jersey.

In addition to receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston University and Master’s degree from the University of Maine, Brown has a law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law. As an attorney, Brown practiced law for five years in the areas of real estate, land use and municipal law.

This is a critical time for land conservation on Lake George, and Brown is joining LGLC at a peak of activity. As Williams prepares to leave LGLC, several major conservation projects are either just closing or in the process of coming to fruition. Brown will need to jump in with both feet, taking over land negotiations as well as major fundraising campaigns, and meeting many of LGLC’s key supporters and community members.

“I am really moved by the obvious dedication of LGLC’s donors to protecting the lake,” said Brown. “So many people have generously supported LGLC, in the form of providing the extra bit needed to move specific land protection projects forward as well as the annual support that allows LGLC to fulfill its mission. But what has really impressed me is their collective connection to the lake. I find these close ties to the lake and the community to be such an important part of our work, and I really look forward to visiting with donors and hearing their stories about time spent on and around Lake George. I also look forward to hearing their ideas for how we can continue to build on what they and LGLC have already accomplished.”

Brown is not a stranger to the Lake George region. Having grown up in rural northwestern New Jersey, he frequently visited the Adirondacks as a kid, and later would often stop to admire the lake on his way to his wife’s family farm in Addison, Vermont.

“I am thrilled to be returning not just to the Northeast, but to such an amazingly beautiful and familiar place. I am looking forward to seeing my young son, Isaac, and my wife, Laura, enjoying themselves out on the lake or hiking on one of LGLC’s wonderful preserves.”

Gatherings will be scheduled over the next few months for the public to meet Brown; the public is also welcome to visit any staff at the LGLC office at 4905 Lake Shore Dr. in Bolton Landing, during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.