Orenda Wildlife Land Trust Announces New Executive Director

Orenda Wildlife Land Trust Inc.
Jeff Thibodeau, Executive Director
4011 Main Street
Barnstable, MA 02630
508-3362-4798 (land)
508-237-9000 (cell)

Jeff Thibodeau - Headshot

Photo credit: Isabella Thibodeau

Barnstable, MA, Cape Cod – The Orenda Wildlife Land Trust has chosen Jeff Thibodeau as its new Executive Director. He succeeds Theresa Mitchell Barbo, who left the position in 2019 to pursue her writing career. Longtime Administrator Liz Lewis will also be leaving the organization after 17 years to pursue other endeavors.

Mr. Thibodeau brings 25 years of experience in environmental protection to the position after earning a B.S. and Master’s Degree from Cornell University. Most recently he was the Land Acquisition and Stewardship Specialist for the Brewster Conservation Trust. Prior to that, he worked in the public sector as a Town Planner and Conservation Agent, the private sector as an Environmental Planner and Landscape Designer for various firms, and in the non-profit sector for The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts Inc. as its Director of Land Protection, and for the Orleans Conservation Trust as Coordinator of the 200 Coalition Project. Mr. Thibodeau was also President/Owner of a small environmental consulting company. He has worked on projects in every Cape and Islands community and has authored hundreds of documents and plans. In his personal time he enjoys being with his daughter, writing and consulting on health and wellness, and performing music.

Mr. Thibodeau says, “I am thrilled to be joining such an impressive organization that has done so much important work over the years.  As its Executive Director, I will strive to sustain and build upon Orenda’s numerous accomplishments. Some of my initial priorities are to expand Orenda’s public profile, raise funds, cultivate new donors and Board members, foster outreach and educational opportunities, collaborate with other organizations, and most importantly, protect more land for wildlife habitat.”

Orenda Vice President Daniel Morast adds, “It’s so exciting to welcome Jeff Thibodeau aboard to continue and expand Orenda’s efforts to protect and establish more wildlife sanctuaries”.