The board of Sustainable Princeton has selected local non-profit consultant Molly Jones to become the group’s next executive director.
For the past eight years, Jones has served as a fundraising and non-profit management consultant with the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, Morven Museum and Garden, Princeton in Latin America, the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the Ivy 1879 Foundation.
“We are very excited about having Molly join the organization”, says Matt Wasserman, president of the Sustainable Princeton board of directors. “Her unique background and skill set are perfectly suited to help Sustainable Princeton grow as an organization, increase our impact, and keep our town at the forefront of leading sustainability-focused municipalities.”
Prior to moving to the East Coast, Jones served as a lead fundraiser for a $165 million ecology education campaign at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. A graduate of Emory University, she received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala. She and her husband Bill, a physics professor at Princeton University, moved to Princeton in 2008 and have two daughters.
“There has never been a time in recent history when the need to act locally about the things we believe in has been so urgent.” Jones said. “Sustainable Princeton has embodied this spirit in our community, and I am honored and grateful for this opportunity to advance these efforts to reduce our impact and create a more sustainable way of life.’”
Christine Symington, Sustainable Princeton’s energy director, has been promoted to the newly created role of program director. She will continue to coordinate programs like the municipal green team, the electric vehicle charging station initiative and the great ideas series, but will also take on a larger role to move the organization
“Since coming to Sustainable Princeton over two years ago, Christine has become the go-to person in Princeton as it relates to information about energy and the larger sustainability movement,” Wasserman said. “She has been a tremendous asset to both the organization and the town. We believe the combination of Christine and Molly will soon put Princeton on the map next to places like Boulder and Seattle.”,
Sustainable Princeton leaders say the group’s efforts have had a large impact on “environmentally conscious living in Princeton, particularly in the areas of energy conservation and waste reduction,” and that the group has “substantially improved Princeton’s footprint.”
“With this new highly capable staff team in place, the organization
is positioned to further engage all sectors of the community in the mission of changing habits to change the world,” they said.