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Staff & Trustees

OCT Staff

Stephen O’Grady

Director

Steve returned to OCT in 2018 to assume the post of director, after interning at the Trust in 2013 and 2015. As director, he has worked to prioritize land management and restoration needs on OCT properties, and helped determine where to direct the organization’s limited resources most efficiently toward these needs. As we seek to acquire new lands, Steve has worked to identify opportunities where land acquisition warrants the efforts and expense that these projects now demand. Another focus is continuing to grow the Trust’s membership as its scope of work expands. After graduating from Colby College, where he majored in Environmental Science with a concentration in conservation biology, Steve spent two years in the sustainable seafood industry—as a commercial salmon fisherman in Southeast Alaska, head fishmonger at a Boston seafood market, and an oyster farmer in Barnstable. He has also worked for Mass Audubon in Wellfleet as a coastal waterbird technician. He grew up north of Boston, spent childhood summers in Orleans, and feels very fortunate to live and work on Cape Cod.

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Alex Bates

Land Stewardship Coordinator

Alex will work with the Director Steve O’Grady and the Land Management Committee to coordinate land stewardship activities on OCT’s properties. His responsibilities will include developing and overseeing our volunteer programs, monitoring Conservation Restrictions, land maintenance tasks in the field, and supervising AmeriCorps members. Before coming to OCT, Alex was most recently a program supervisor at AmeriCorps Cape Cod, where he coordinated more than 100 service projects with local, state, federal, and nonprofit entities. He has also been an Individual Placement with Brewster Conservation Trust and a general Corps member. Earlier he worked as a farm manager at St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s Campus Farm. A graduate of SMCM with a BA in biology, Alex did coursework in GIS applications, which will serve OCT well. Among his accomplishments, in 2014 he completed the thru-hike of the entire Appalachian Trail (2,156 miles from Georgia to Maine)!

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Pam Schultz

Administrative Assistant

Pam served as a dedicated volunteer of Orleans Conservation Trust before joining the staff as a part-time administrative assistant in 2016. She has also worked at the Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary since 2011, and prior to that spent 37 years working for the federal government.

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As part of our long tradition of collaborating with AmeriCorps Cape Cod, the Trust’s staff receives invaluable support from an AmeriCorps Cape Cod volunteer. These hard-working and enthusiastic young people typically serve with OCT on one day a week for a year. Our current AmeriCorps volunteer is Courtney King.

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Board of Trustees and Officers

The Board of Trustees provides oversight and guidance to OCT. With expertise in various fields—environmental science nonprofit management, business, governance, law, marketing, and education—trustees help OCT advance its mission. Trustees act as fiduciaries for the organization and ensure that the Trust always has adequate resources, appropriately allocated, for a sustainable future.

A Nominating Committee, composed of trustees and non-trustees, interviews candidates for trustee positions and presents a slate of nominees to the membership for a vote at OCT’s Annual Meeting.  Trustees are typically elected to serve terms of three years, and may stand for reelection three times.

A detailed description of trustees’ roles and responsibilities, and the process by which trustees are elected to serve, appears in the Declaration of Trust, found here.

If you have interest in serving as a trustee, you’re encouraged to contact OCT.

OCT staff and trustees decorate our headquarters for the holidays.
OCT staff and trustees decorate our headquarters for the holidays.

Current Trustees

Date in parentheses indicates when a trustee’s term expires.

OCT Committees

The Trust is served by committees that report to the board, meeting regularly to work on specific areas of our mission and operations. The committees are:

  • Communications and Marketing
  • Finance and Investment
  • Fundraising
  • Governance
  • Land Management
  • Land Acquisition
  • Personnel Management

Committees are composed mainly of trustees; members who believe they have pertinent experience are invited to contact us if interested in serving on an open committee. Committee service is a great way to learn about and get involved in the Trust’s work, in lieu of the larger commitment required to serve as a trustee. If you’re interested in serving, please contact the office.

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