The Franklin Land Trust’s (FLT) Board of Directors and staff welcomed their new Executive Director, Thomas S. Curren, to the organization in May 2019.
Tom succeeds Richard Hubbard, who had served as FLT’s executive director since 2004, and during whose tenure the Trust reached the 32,000-acre mark in conserving farms, forests, wildlands, and other natural resources in western Massachusetts.
Tom brings more than forty years of non-profit management and leadership experience in support of the mission at FLT. He served as vice president of marketing and development at the Crotched Mountain Foundation, executive director and president of the Lakes Region Conservation Trust, and as director of the Pew Charitable Trust’s Northeast Land Trust Consortium, where he worked with landowners, donors, and volunteers to preserve more than 800,000 acres of conservation land in New England, New York, and in the Amish farmlands of Pennsylvania.
In addition to his conservation work, Tom has been the owner and operator of an independent dairy farm; he and his wife, Kathy Neustadt, live on 108 acres with their Hereford cattle, Romney sheep, and a flock of New Hampshire Red hens. He has been a local selectman, town moderator, and town historian, has served as a trustee of the Crotched Mountain Foundation, presently serves on the board of Old Sturbridge Village and chairs the board of Folk New England, a traditional music archive housed at the University of Massachusetts Library at Amherst.
“The board and staff of the Franklin Land Trust are excited to welcome Tom Curren as our new executive director.” states Paul Cooper, FLT’s Board President. “He is truly a man for all seasons: as a dairy farmer, as a leader in conservation at the staff and grantor levels, and, most recently, as a consultant with Historic Deerfield, he has long devoted his energy to citizen-based conservation at all levels. Tom is experienced, creative, charming and gregarious. We look forward to introducing him to the larger community.”