July 18, 2019
Save the Harbor/Save the Bay Names Tani Marinovich as CEO

Tani Marinovich
January 24, 2019 — Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, a Boston-based advocacy organization that aims to restore and protect Boston Harbor, Massachusetts Bay, and the marine environment, this week announced the appointment Tani Marinovich as its new chief executive officer.

Tari succeeds long-time President Patty Foley, who is retiring after 20 years of leading Save the Harbor/Save the Bay.

“We are glad to have found a new leader who is cares so deeply about our mission,” said Save the Harbor/Save the Bay board chair Joseph Newman. “Tani is an experienced nonprofit leader. The board and I are confident she will continue to ensure that our policy and programs continue to be thoughtful and strong as we work with the next generation of harbor stewards and environmental advocates.”

Marinovich previously served as executive director and director of development during her six years with the Esplanade Association. Since October 2017, she was director of philanthropy for The Charles River Watershed Association. She studied at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

“It’s an honor to have been chosen to lead an organization that aligns with my passion for clean water, public access and free youth environmental education programs,” said Marinovich. “I am thrilled to work with such a talented staff, committed board, and dedicated civic, corporate, government, and community partners. I look forward to building on Patty’s legacy, and expanding the depth and breadth of the critical work of this organization.”

Foley said, “With Tani at the helm and a great board and leadership team in place, I am confident that the future is bright for Boston Harbor and the region’s waterfront neighborhoods and beachfront communities. I look forward to doing everything I can to support her and the organization I love so much during this transition.”

When she announced her retirement last fall, Foley noted, "Working together, we have transformed Boston Harbor from a national disgrace into a source of educational, recreational and economic opportunity and civic pride for the nearly two million people who live just a short ride or drive to the waterfront, the harbor, the islands and the region’s public beaches."

Save the Harbor was founded in 1986, and since then successfully advocated for the completion of the Boston Harbor cleanup and led the effort to create the Boston Harbor Islands National Park, transforming 34 neglected islands into a destination for residents and visitors.

Since 2002, its free Youth Environmental Education Programs, have connected nearly 250,000 underserved young people from 124 organizations in 40 communities to the harbor. Additionally more than 14,000 people signed up for its new free Share The Harbor cruises in 2018.

Since 2008, a partnership with the state Department of Conservation and Recreation has invested more than $4 million dollars to support hundreds of free events and program in nine waterfront neighborhoods and beachfront communities from Nahant to Nantasket.

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