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.
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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