Retired business leader with experience in strategic planning and marketing. Trustee of Manomet and South Shore Conservatory. Previously Director, Mac-Gray Corporation; CEO, Avedis Zildjian, maker of cymbals and other percussion instruments; VP and Corporate Officer of Sara Lee Corporation and President of its Aris-Isotoner and Fuller Brush divisions; Procter & Gamble Brand Manager. Graduate of Colby College and Columbia University School of Business. Lives in Hingham, MA and sometimes Key West.
Officially, I’m retired from fifteen years of parish ministry. Before that, my careers included high school English teacher, poet-in-the-schools, and homemaker/parent—and now active grandparent. I’ll talk about Manomet to anybody.
My father-in-law, one of Manomet’s earliest supporters, made an avid birder of me. I’ve also become a relentless photographer of my grandchildren, and as the family’s matriarch, I’ve turned bales of archives into sleek photo books.
In a time of cynicism and sometimes despair for our planet, Manomet shows me over and over again that a few committed, trustworthy people can make big changes. Manomet draws folks in through hope and respect and imagination and accomplishment.
My initial contact with Manomet was through the banding program. I had experience as a bander of migratory songbirds in Maryland before relocating to Woods Hole in 1988. I made a bee-line to join up with Manomet to continue, what for me, was the sheer pleasure of being involved with banding birds. Beyond banding, however, one event that really drew me into the organization was the Neo-Tropical Migratory Bird Symposium which Manomet put together and hosted in the Fall of 1989. I was impressed by the scope of influence that a seemingly small organization could have when it planned and partnered strategically with other organizations and individuals. Manomet’s programs have evolved and changed many times over the decades of my involvement with the organization, but the core remains the same: to work with partners and to apply science to develop and maintain a sustainable world.
Areas of Expertise
I am a retired science teacher. My career involved teaching in informal settings (Audubon centers, the National Zoo, summer classes at the Woods Hole Children’s School of Science, to name a few) as well as formal classroom science teaching in a K-6 public school in Washington DC. In Falmouth, I worked to develop science curricula and Family Science programs.
After retirement I took up volunteering with our local land trust in its efforts to preserve open space, and to get people of all ages outdoors onto conservation land.
For many years after retirement I travelled extensively to far-flung places, mostly for birding. My “travel bug” is somewhat tempered now, but I still enjoy a good birding outing such as a Christmas Bird Count or a trip to Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. Another life-long hobby is sailing: big boats or little ones, it doesn’t matter.
I am a landscape architect and principal at Hart Howerton, where I have led multi-disciplinary design teams on a broad range of master planning, conservation-based and new community design projects in all regions of the United States and abroad.
When not working or helping to advance Manomet, I can be found with my family at our home on Monhegan Island, expanding the vegetable garden, or building (yet another) boat.
Manomet has a large impact in creating a more sustainable world. It’s impressive to watch Manomet’s staff build relationships across a range of sectors and then provide those partners with the science they need to create change.
Nancy currently serves as Manomet’s board chair.
As a partner at Hemenway & Barnes LLP, Nancy Dempze serves as a professional trustee, executor and estate planner for individuals and families. Nancy also represents nonprofits in connection with planned giving and development. Her training and experience as an oncology nurse, leadership in land conservation work, and service on nonprofit boards has made Nancy more sensitive to the needs and perspectives of her clients.
Nancy is active in her community, Westwood, and in organizations across Massachusetts. Besides Manomet, organizations Nancy has recently been involved with include:
- Trustee, Boston Museum of Science, Chair of its Planned Giving Committee, Chair Washburn Society, Finance Committee, Advancement Committee
- Trustee, Old Sturbridge Village, Chair of its Investment Committee
- Past President and current Vice President, Westwood Land Trust