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Who We Are

Founded in 1965, VCS is the Island’s only conservation organization whose mission includes advocacy and public education, as well as resource protection.

Conservation today is about more than land protection. At VCS, we believe in a broad definition of environmental stewardship: we’re always prepared to fight inappropriate development, but we also advocate for pro-active solutions in all areas of environmental concern.

In the years ahead, we believe that the health of our Island and its waters will increasingly depend on an informed and mobilized public. That’s why we partner with government and civic groups whenever possible to promote community action in defense of a viable Vineyard environment and future.

Why should you support VCS? Read more here, or download and print our Case for Support document.

VCS office team:

Brendan O’Neill
    Executive Director
Signe Benjamin
    Programs & Membership
Jeremy Houser
Samantha Look
    Education & Youth

VCS Board of Directors:


Richard Toole
Jim Athearn
    Vice President
Dave Davis
Bruce Golden


Glenn Alberich
John Best
Liz Durkee
Susan Feller
Larry Hohlt
Linda Jones
Samantha Look
Joan Malkin
Farley Pedler
Bill Randol
Arnie Reisman
Jim Reynolds
Nancy Rogers

Jesse Ausubel
    Science Advisor