Manomet Names Elizabeth Schueler as Next President
April 16, 2020 — Manomet, a Plymouth-based nonprofit that works for environmental sustainability, recently announced that Elizabeth Schueler has been named as its next president.
Schueler will start in the job on April 20, succeeding John Hagan, who stepped down in December as president of Manomet for 11 years. David W. Ellis has served as interim president.
“We are pleased to welcome Lizzie to Manomet,” said Nancy Dempze, Manomet’s board chair. “Her deep commitment to science-based sustainability and extensive networks in the conservation communities will be a terrific asset for Manomet. Ms. Schueler’s strategic and entrepreneurial abilities, team-building and management skills, pragmatism, and drive for excellence and results make her a perfect fit for Manomet and our vision for the future.”
Schueler's experienced spans the nonprofit, corporate, and government sectors, with a particular emphasis on building and sustaining mission-driven public/private partnerships.
Most recently, she served as vice president, markets and supply chains, overseeing World Wildlife Fund’s work to eliminate, reduce, or mitigate the key threats caused by commodity production globally.
Previously, Schueler worked for Microsoft Corporation, where she led two different corporate social responsibility programs, first in the Middle East and Africa, and then globally. She also worked for the United States Agency for International Development, and Waste Management International.
“I am honored with the trust the board has placed in me and am thrilled to be joining an organization with such a storied history and deep roots in science-based conservation,” said Schueler. “I look forward to working closely with the talented staff and partners to help shape the future of Manomet to address the rapidly evolving issues related to habitat loss and climate change.”
Schueler earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Since its founding in 1969 as the Manomet Bird Observatory, Manomet expanded its work to include shorebird recovery and habitat management, forestry and climate science, and fisheries. During the last 50 years, the organization has handled more than 400,000 birds, helping to answer important questions in issues from conservation to climate change. In addition, it has conserved 38 million acres of habitat across 17 countries in the Western Hemisphere.
In an interview published by Manomet just he stepped down, Hagan said, "Even though I’m a scientist I learned through my work at Manomet that our society’s challenge is relational, not technical. Yes, we need science to understand how to solve problems, like bird population declines or climate change. But first, we have to agree on what “we” want. Lack of science isn’t stopping us from solving the big problems of our time, it’s our inability to work with each other across cultural and political and socioeconomic barriers."
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