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MassBays - Management Structure

MassBays National Estuary Program is composed of a network of partners representing a broad range of interests across the estuaries.

Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program (MassBays) employs staff in the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, and provides funding through grants to regional coordinators. Our Management Committee  provides overall program guidance, while Local Governance Committees set priorities for activities within each of the five regions (Upper North Shore, Lower North Shore, Metro Boston, South Shore and Cape Cod).


Executive Director:
Pam DiBona 
(617) 626-1204

Staff Scientist:
Prassede Vella
(617) 626-1217

EPA Region 1 Program Coordinator:
Margherita Pryor
(617) 918-1597 

Regional Service Providers and Local Governance Committees

MassBays is one of the largest and most diverse National Estuary Programs (NEPs), and to meet the varied needs of the 50 communities and watersheds in our planning area we provide grant funds to Regional Service Providers. These partners provide staff – Regional Coordinators – who work with Local Governance Committees to identify local priorities and for planning and actions to improve the health of local coastal habitats. Find out more about MassBays' Regional Coordination.

MassBays Management Committee

MassBays is fortunate to have expert guidance from a Management Committee made up of representatives from state and federal agencies, nonprofits, academia, and the business sector. A list of current members if provided below. The Committee meets four times a year, acting in accordance with its Structure and Operating Procedures and Conflict of Interest Policy. 

The Management Committee establishes subcommittees to focus on specific issues: 

  • Nominating and Governance Subcommittee
  • Finance Subcommittee
  • Science and Technical Advisory Subcommittee (STAC)
  • Communications and Outreach Subcommittee

Each subcommittee is made up of members of the Management Committee or their representatives. Subcommittees meet regularly throughout the year.

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