• Lush vegetation on the top of Spectacle Island's North drumlin dominates the foreground. Boston's skyline can be seen in the distance.  The park's logo with tag line minutes away, worlds apart empashises the stark contrast between the city and islands.

    Boston Harbor Islands

    National Recreation Area Massachusetts

Boston Harbor Islands Advisory Council

Public participation in planning and decision making ensures that park mangers fully understand and consider the public's interests in the Boston Harbor Islands, which as a national park is part of their heritage, cultural traditions, and community surroundings. With membership representing several segments of the greater Boston Harbor community, the Council is the primary mechanism used by the Partnership public involvement on matters of park planning and management.

The Boston Harbor Islands Advisory Council's purpose is to advise and make recommendations to the Partnership on the development and implementation of the general management plan for the islands, including ongoing park operations.

Governance of the Council provides for an open public process in its formulation of recommendations. The official work of the Advisory Council takes place at quarterly meetings; general discussion of issues occurs at sub-committee workshops and other public forums. In order to be most effective in advising the Partnership, Advisory Council members have committee assignments on the standing committees of the Partnership.

Council members are appointed by the Secretary of the Interior through the Director of the National Park Service. The park superintendent is the Federal Official that oversees the Council's operation.


  • John Emler, appointment pending
  • Kelly Hurstak, Vice-chair
  • Vacant
  • Vacant

Educational & Cultural

  • Heather Deschenes, appointment pending
  • Carl Johnson
  • Peter Rosen
  • Vacant


  • Jennifer Bender
  • Dale Linder
  • Rob Moir
  • Lauri Webster

Business & Commercial

  • Maureen Cavanaugh, Voting Partner
  • Lou Gainor
  • Neal Caten, appointment pending
  • Jane Ellis, candidate

Boston Harbor-Related Advocacy

  • Walter Hope
  • James Martel
  • Charles Norris
  • Susan Woods, candidate

Native American

  • John Peters
  • Elizabeth Solomon, Chair
  • Vacant
  • Vacant

Community Groups

  • Vacant
  • Vacant
  • Vacant
  • Vacant

Federal Official

  • Giles Parker, Superintendent

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