Will Everitt has been hired as our next Executive Director at Friends of Casco Bay. Will is a familiar face, as he has served as our Communications and Development Director for the past 15 years and Interim Director since September 2021. With his strong background in environmental community organizing, communications, fundraising, and so much more, our Board of Directors voted unanimously to make him Executive Director.
“Casco Bay inspires me. I am honored to be named Executive Director of Friends of Casco Bay,” says Will. “Over the years, we have been able to accomplish so much for the health of the Bay, knowing that the best solutions for clean water are also solutions for the health of our economy. A healthy Bay benefits everyone who lives and works here. In a time of political division, I am proud to say that our organization includes people of many backgrounds brought together by our collective passion for clean water and this amazing Bay.”
Will helped spearhead many of our major efforts in recent years. He helped grow our membership by leaps and bounds, and was key to helping us cross the finish line on our $1.5 million campaign for the Climate Change and Casco Bay Fund. In addition to his work with us, Will serves on the board of Maine Conservation Alliance.
“I am delighted that Will has agreed to lead Friends of Casco Bay into the future,” said Andrew Marsters, President of our Board of Directors. “For so many reasons, Will is just the person we need. He is a levelheaded thinker and an even-keeled leader. He has institutional memory, political savviness, and an innate talent for building relationships. Will is approachable and friendly, and inspires staff to do their very best work. And he is so much more as you will learn as you get to know him in the coming months and years. Our community and the Bay are lucky to have him.”
Before working at Friends of Casco Bay, Will directed Community Action Works’ Portland office, where he helped dozens of communities across New England protect themselves from leaking landfills, sludge spreading, and toxic pesticide spraying. He was also Maine State Director of the League of Young Voters. He is a graduate of Rutgers University.
“Will takes the helm of Friends of Casco Bay at a time when we are on a steady, solid course,” says Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca. “His leadership will help us take innovative steps to address the impacts of climate change, rising sea level, increased storms and other threats to the health of our beloved Bay. Will’s intrepid vision and fiscal skill will ensure we meet the challenges ahead.”
We look forward to you getting to know Will better in the months ahead. We hope you will join us in July at our 50th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act Celebration where you will have the chance to meet him in person and hear about his vision for the future.
Until then, feel free to drop him a line at willeveritt [at] cascobay [dot] org. He would love to hear from you!