Staff & Committees
Duxbury Beach Reservation, Inc. announced at its annual meeting on May 6, 2017 that the Reservation’s Board of Directors has named Cristin Luttazi as the Reservation’s first Executive Director. Luttazi officially assumed this newly created role on June 19, 2017.
Cris’s background uniquely qualifies her to assume this post. She has significant experience in project management with both for-profit and non-profit organizations. She also has extensive conservation experience, particularly on coastal beaches in Massachusetts. Luttazi will help advance the Reservation’s current strategic plan and guide DBR’s future preservation of Duxbury Beach. Luttazi shared, “I am honored and humbled to serve the Duxbury Beach Reservation.”
Cris left her position as Program Coordinator for Mass Audubon’s Coastal Waterbird Program to assume this new role with Duxbury Beach Reservation. She holds a B.Sc First Class Honors degree in Marine and Freshwater Biology from Kingston University in the United Kingdom and a B.Sc degree in Management Science and Finance and Marketing from Bridgewater State University. Prior to joining Mass Audubon, she was awarded a Fellowship at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in the Marine Policy Center and subsequently was a Guest Student in the WHOI Chemistry and Geochemistry department.
Previously, Luttazi was a principal with Barclays Global Investors, serving as the Manager of European Direct Marketing and Manager of External Operations in London, United Kingdom and San Francisco, California, respectively.
Margaret Kearney, President of DBR said: “We are thrilled that Cris will be joining DBR, bringing her professional experience in coastal resource conservation, including threatened species and beach management, as well as strong leadership, management, and communication skills. Cris will be supported by DBR’s outstanding volunteer trustees as the Reservation continues its mission to protect and preserve Duxbury Beach.”
Duxbury Beach Reservation, Inc. is a Massachusetts non-profit corporation that owns and operates Duxbury Beach as a protective barrier beach and priceless environmental asset for the benefit of the Town of Duxbury and the general public. For several years, a significant portion of the beach has been leased on an annual basis to the Town of Duxbury in a relationship in which the Town provides recreational management and enforcement functions for the beach.
The Technical Committee oversees the ecological aspects of maintaining the beach. Duxbury Beach operates under Orders of Condition that are issued by the Conservation Commission and follows its beach management plan, which is modified on an annual basis. In January of each year, the Committee submits to the Duxbury Conservation Commission a proposal of work that needs to be done to prepare the beach for summer. That proposal includes such items as grass planting, replacing snow fencing, fertilization, debris removal, and dune nourishment. Additionally, they are responsible for the submission of grant applications to state and federal governments. The Technical committee also oversees the Endangered Species Program, which the Reservation funds. The committee works with the state’s Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program to prepare for the annual arrival of the piping plovers in April. Any and all preservation and restoration work on the beach must be approved by the Conservation Commission and completed before April 1 (due to nesting of threatened species).
Duxbury Beach Preservation Society (DBPS)
The Duxbury Beach Preservation Society is a subcommittee of Duxbury Beach Reservation, Inc., which was created from the Save the Beach group, a collection of concerned volunteers who came together to help raise money for the prodigious beach restoration efforts (needed after the 1991 No- Name storm and again in 1992 following a devastating northeaster). The Preservation Society has a twofold mission: to educate the public about the importance of caring for the beach and to raise funds for beach preservation projects and the storm damage fund. As the Reservation struggled to repair the beach following the devastating No-Name Storm of 1991, it soon became apparent that its finances were inadequate for the required restoration of the beach. The group that emerged was the Save Duxbury Beach Committee, and they mainly focused on fund-raising activities in the wake of another severe northeaster that washed away the original artificial dune and required construction of a second dune. After all the efforts, the Save Duxbury Beach Committee began to discuss the Reservation’s goals to continue restoration efforts, replenish the storm damage fund, and begin long-range planning. Thus was born the Duxbury Beach Preservation Society, a subcommittee of the Duxbury Beach Reservation, Inc., in 1995. All are welcome to join the Duxbury Beach Preservation Society.
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