For Julie Gorte, a resident of Durham, N.H., it took just one lunch with Great Bay Steward trustees Fred Mason and Peter Kinner to realize the organization would be a good fit for her. “The more I heard about Great Bay Stewards the more I felt connected to its mission,” she says. “I live near the Bay, and its health is a key ingredient in my quality of life.”

The Board was extremely excited to have her join, given her impressive background.  “I have a Ph.D in resource economics, and I worked at EPA in 1997, helping to build the U.S. case for COP3, which resulted in the Kyoto Protocol,” she says. “I was also the Vice President of The Wilderness Society.  Finally, I used to train pinnipeds (seals and sea lions) at the National Zoo in Washington DC.”  Currently, Julie works in sustainable investing.

She has hit the ground running with the Board, working with her fellow trustees on initiating a task to update the Stewards’ governance documents and structure at a fall 2016 retreat.  In her spare time, she is a knitter, crocheter, seamstress, and a potter, with her own pottery studio.