Thursday, January 13, 2022

Adirondack Council leader recruited to Park Agency

megan phillipsMegan Phillips, former VP of Conservation, to become APA’s new Deputy Director for Planning

RAY BROOK, N.Y. – The Adirondack Council said today it was both pleased and disappointed today by the announcement that the Adirondack Park Agency had hired the Council’s Vice President for Conservation Megan Phillips to become the state agency’s new Deputy Director for Planning.

“We are pleased that the APA recognized her talents and will assign Megan a key role in its efforts to protect the park,” said Adirondack Council Executive Director William C. Janeway.  “But we are disappointed to be losing her talents here on our staff.  She will be missed.”

Phillips, who lives in Keene, was hired by the Adirondack Council nearly one year ago, after serving as a senior policy advisor to the Cuomo administration.  The Adirondack Council is the largest environmental advocacy organization working full time to protect the Adirondack Park.

            Phillips came to the Adirondacks in May 2021 with more than a decade of experience in conservation, both in state government roles and a private organization in Wisconsin. At the Council, she helped to double the size of the conservation team, which she oversaw.

            “The Adirondack Park Agency was in my portfolio during my former job in state government,” said Phillips.  “I am very pleased to have the opportunity to return to government service inside the Adirondack Park.  I love living here and look forward to working with the passionate and hardworking staff at the Park Agency.”

            The Council will begin a search for a permanent replacement.  In the meantime, Associate Director of Conservation Jackie Bowen will become acting director of the Council’s four-person conservation team.

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Before John Sheehan joined the Adirondack Council's staff in 1990, he was the managing editor of the Malone Evening Telegram, and previously worked as a journalist for the Troy Record, (Schenectady) Daily Gazette, Watertown Daily Times and Newsday. For the past 20 years, John has been the voice of the Adirondack Council on radio and television, and on the pages of local, regional and national media.

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