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The Board of Directors of New Hampshire Humanities announces that Amy L. Lockwood of Deerfield has been named Interim Director for the statewide humanities council. Lockwood, principal and senior consultant at Full Circle Consulting of Concord, will provide transitional leadership for board and staff after the October 10 departure of longtime executive director Deborah Watrous. A search task force, led by Board Chair Ellen Scarponi of FairPoint Communications, will undertake a national search over the next six months to find the organization’s next executive director.
“We are delighted to be working with Amy during this important transition period,” said Ellen Scarponi. “With Amy’s outstanding recommendations and experience overseeing executive transitions, we are confident she will ably guide New Hampshire Humanities through another memorable Annual Dinner on October 25th, and assist the Board in making a smooth transition to a new executive director.”
Amy Lockwood is a seasoned facilitator, board guide, and nonprofit executive who has worked across northern New England supporting the advancement of nonprofits. She has helped nonprofit organizations create strategic, business and work plans; developed board and governance processes; advised on collaborations and mergers; and facilitated executive transitions. Prior to her work at Full Circle Consulting, Amy served as executive director and CEO of CATCH Neighborhood Housing, where she led the organization’s long-term strategic planning and constituency building and managed more than $9 million in CATCH properties. Other past positions include executive director of the Star Island Corporation, a $2.8 million nonprofit which owns and operates the Star Island educational conference center. Lockwood is a member of the Board of New Hampshire Housing, and has served on the boards of Friends of Concord Crew, Northern New England Housing Investment Fund, and the NeighborWorks America Multi-Family Initiative. She has also served on the Concord Historic Commission and Citizens Bank Community Development Committee, and is a member of the Leadership Greater Concord Class of 2000.
“As a twenty-five year New Hampshire resident, I have seen and felt the power of New Hampshire Humanities programs across the state,” Lockwood said. “Its plans for investing in and adding vibrancy to New Hampshire’s future are exciting; I am honored for the opportunity to be part of the talented staff and board leadership team that will guide this critical transition for the organization.”
New Hampshire Humanities programs are made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this these programs do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or New Hampshire Humanities.