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Joanna Ballantine of Amherst new regional director for land conservation organization

— An Amherst resident and native is the new regional director for Trustees of Reservations, the oldest statewide land conservation organization in the United States.

Joanna S. Ballantine recently was hired to oversee Trustees field staff and properties located in the Pioneer Valley, the Berkshires and central Massachusetts. She will have offices in Holyoke and Stockbridge.

“We are thrilled Joanna has joined The Trustees as the regional director for our western Massachusetts properties,” said Barbara Erickson, Trustees of Reservations President, in a statement. “Her proven accomplishments in nonprofit leadership, community and program development, and fundraising combined with her passion for conservation and the outdoors will be a huge asset to our organization as we look to advance our mission in the Berkshires, Pioneer Valley and central Massachusetts and beyond.”

The Trustees, founded in 1891, own and manage 109 reservations located on more than 26,000 acres across the state.

Ballantine is described as a passionate conservationist and outdoors enthusiast and has extensive executive experience in managing nonprofits, innovative outreach programming and philanthropy.

Previously, she served as executive director of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, where during her 12-year tenure $110 million was distributed in grants, program and operations in partnership with organizations and local, national and international communities.

She has also been director of Community Planning for the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts, senior planner for the Jewish Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma counties in California and program director for Hillel at the Claremont College in southern California.

Ballantine, who received her bachelor’s degree from Hampshire College, is working with her family in the creation of a new environmental and sustainability farm and wilderness overnight camp in Putnam Valley, N.Y.

She lives in Amherst with her husband Clay and two children.

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