Introducing Our New Executive Director, Neil Anderson
The Friends of the Fells are thrilled to announce the hire of our new Executive Director, Neil Anderson. Neil will take the reins from Mike Ryan starting on January 1, 2015. We have distributed the following press release announcing Neil’s hire.
FRIENDS OF THE FELLS ANNOUNCES HIRE OF NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
New Director Neil O. Anderson has more than 20 years of non-profit experience
MELROSE, MA – The Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation is pleased to announce the hire of Neil O. Anderson of Medford, Massachusetts as the organization’s new Executive Director. Anderson will succeed outgoing Director Mike Ryan, who served the organization for nearly 20 years and was recently presented with the keys to the cities of Medford and Melrose in honor of his outstanding work and service. Anderson will officially join the Friends on January 1st, 2015.
Neil O. Anderson has a background in non-profit work that has spanned more than 20 years. He has initiated and lead youth programs that have served more than 20,000 youth and teens across 4 states. Anderson is also an accomplished public speaker, a former radio talk show host, and a fitness enthusiast with an entrepreneurial spirit and passion for his work.
Anderson is a native Rhode Islander but calls Greater Boston is his adopted home. He graduated from Northeastern University with a B.S. in Education and is currently a part time law student at the Massachusetts School of Law in Andover, Massachusetts.
Since moving to Medford just over 3 years ago, Anderson has been a regular visitor to the Middlesex Fells. He is often found enjoying hikes with his 1-year old son, trail runs, and mountain bike excursions. “We are so lucky to have the Middlesex Fells in our backyard. To have such a pristine natural resource bordering an urban area is unusual. It is a gift. I am proud to have the opportunity to work with an organization deeply and passionately committed to preserving it in its most natural state, while offering the opportunity for neighboring residents to enjoy it and all that it offers,” said Anderson.
Anderson knows he has large shoes to fill when outgoing Director Mike Ryan formally retires on January 1st. Anderson said of Mike Ryan, “I am inspired by Mike’s passion and his energy. He has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to this amazing treasure we call the Fells as the Executive Director of a small organization that has had such large impact. It will be an honor to succeed him and I can only hope to do honor to his legacy by building on the foundation he and others have set.”
The Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and harmonious use of the Fells, promoting awareness, policies, and programs that honor and preserve the landscape and heritage of this public resource for current and future generations.