Kelly Barber, Director of Land Stewardship of the Barnstable Land Trust. has been named a Nonprofit Excellence Award Finalist by the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.
Barber was selected as one of five Young Professional finalists for the upcoming statewide Nonprofit Excellence Awards. As only one of two representatives from Cape Cod and the Islands, the Nonprofit Excellence Awards are presented to six nonprofit organizations and employees that exemplify the most innovative, creative, and effective work being done throughout the Commonwealth. This year’s ceremony will be held at the State House on June 6.
As Barnstable Land Trust’s (BLT) Director of Land Stewardship, Barber, 33, leads the day-to-day operations and management of a growing portfolio of more than 120 BLT properties and more than 46 conservation restrictions covering over 1,100 protected acres in Barnstable. In addition to building and expanding a year-round team of volunteer land stewards and leading community-based efforts like beach clean-ups and trail projects, she also serves in volunteer leadership roles with AmeriCorps Cape Cod, the Community Preservation Committee for the Town of Harwich, and on the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition’s Early Conservation Career Network Committee.
“Kelly exemplifies the best of what future conservation leaders can offer,” said BLT’s Executive Director Janet Milkman. “Commitment to community, passion for protecting our natural assets in the face of climate change, extraordinary skills and knowledge about our natural resources, and an optimistic belief that our efforts today can positively impact the future.”
The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network received more than 130 statewide nominations from many different nonprofit sectors, but Barnstable Land Trust is the only environmental nonprofit organization represented among the 30 finalists.