Former Administrator of EPA in New England (MA) Joins Nonprofit Advisory Board

Boston, Massachusetts: Today, the Trust for Public Land (TPL), a national nonprofit land conservation organization, announced the addition of John P. DeVillars to its New England Advisory Council.

Mr. DeVillars brings to the Trust a wealth of expertise in environmental policy and land use planning. He is currently the executive vice president of Brownfields Recovery Corporation, Inc. and holds the position of lecturer in Environmental Policy in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before joining Brownfields Recovery Corporation, Mr. DeVillars served as the New England Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from 1994 to 2000. He previously served as Secretary of the Environment for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, chairman of the board of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, and chief of operations for Massachusetts Governor Michael S. Dukakis.

According to Whitney Hatch, TPL’s New England Regional Director, “The New England Regional Office of the Trust for Public Land is very pleased that John DeVillars has agreed to join our advisory board. We have worked with Mr. DeVillars on many projects over the years and value his expertise in the environmental field. In addition to sharing his knowledge on a variety of technical matters, Mr. DeVillars will be helping us form a long-range vision to guide our activities and growth in New England.”

The Trust for Public Land is a national conservation organization dedicated to protecting land for people to enjoy as parks and open space. Since 1972, the Trust has protected more than 1 million acres nationwide, and nearly 40,000 acres in New England.

The Trust’s New England Advisory Council works closely with the New England regional director and staff to provide guidance, technical assistance, leadership, and philanthropic support. A voluntary body, the council membership includes a diverse group of volunteer, professional and business leaders.

For more information about the Trust for Public Land, contact our Boston office at (617) 367-6200 or visit us on the Web at