“I am at CLF to collaborate with and assist the CLF staff as they seek innovative ways to address the myriad of serious challenges to quality of life here in New England and beyond. I believe it is imperative that everyone who can lend a hand do so because the challenges are so great.”
Virginia Welles brings to CLF her interdisciplinary training and experience in problem solving at the regional and state levels in Massachusetts; her service as a board member of numerous environmental non-profits in New Hampshire and Massachusetts; and her experience as Managing Partner of her family’s farming operation in Iowa. She served as the first Director of the Metro-West Growth Management Committee, a nine community sub-region of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, where she and her staff established and implemented a Regional Impact Review process and helped build a broad, statewide coalition to amend Commonwealth of Massachusetts Sub-division Legislation to eliminate a problem that was plaguing cities and towns, state agencies and the private sector development community alike. She also worked for the Executive Office of Transportation and Construction with the Central Transportation Planning Staff on large-scale development Environmental Impact Review and contributed to transportation and growth management initiatives. Virginia served on the Boards of the Massachusetts and New Hampshire Audubon Societies, the Loon Preservation Committee, Squam Lakes Association, Squam Lakes Conservation Trust, and the Rural Land Foundation, among others. Virginia holds a BA in Political and Economic Systems from Yale College and a Masters of City Planning degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.