Groundwork Somerville announces new Executive Director!

Groundwork Somerville Press Release


Nancy Bernhard, Board President


21 Properzi Way, Suite O

Somerville, MA 02143

For Immediate Release

May 20, 2011

Groundwork Somerville has found a new Executive Director!

Groundwork Somerville (GWS), a local non-profit organization focused on creating sustainable communities through partnerships, would like to welcome Chris Mancini, Somerville resident, to our family! Chris Mancini comes to Groundwork Somerville after five years at Sailors for the Sea, where he developed and managed programs for environmental education and marine ecosystem stewardship, working with boaters to protect oceans and local waters. Chris is truly excited and honored to be taking on the role of Executive Director and to be officially part of the Groundwork Team. He has volunteered and supported the organization over the years, particularly in the Somerville Maple Syrup Project, which taps Somerville’s sugar maples each spring to boil for our own local syrup. Chris and his wife, Abigail, are Somerville residents for many years, and are both excited to be deepening their relationship with a city and community they love.

Over the past 10 years, GWS has worked tirelessly to engage the community in greening initiatives, creating a high school employment program, a Schoolyard Gardens initiative, and a community planning process. Most recently we began working collaboratively across the Mystic River Watershed to conserve the river, while also promoting access to the beautiful resource that it is to our densely-built communities.

Groundwork Somerville is an environmental 501(c)3 non-profit organization that promotes sustainable community development and revitalization.  By creating opportunities for healthy EDUCATION, green JOBS, and sustainable COMMUNITY, Groundwork Somerville empowers people to lead healthier, happier, and more prosperous lives. GWS believes in the power of collaboration, and achieves results by building coalitions.  We engage city residents, city government, businesses, and community organizations in the planning and execution of our projects.  We also guide cities and non-profits throughout the Mystic River region seeking to build similar programs. Groundwork Somerville is an affiliate of Groundwork USA, a network of 18 trusts across the country, linked by a common mission of changing places and changing lives.