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.


  • Chris Daly, Town of Hingham
  • Kelly Hurstak, City of Medford
  • Vacant
  • Vacant

Educational & Cultural

  • Heather Deschenes, New England Aquarium
    (Vice-Chair & Voting Alternate Partner)
  • Carl Johnson, Retired High School Teacher
  • Peter Rosen, Northeastern University
  • Vacant


  • Rob Moir, Ocean River Institute (Voting Alternate Partner)
  • Lauri Webster, Friends of Belle Isle Marsh
  • Vacant
  • Vacant

Business & Commercial

  • Neal Caten, MA Boating and Yacht Clubs Association
  • Maureen Cavanaugh, Epsilon Associates (Voting Partner)
  • Lou Gainor, Nautical Talk Radio
  • Vacant

Boston Harbor-Related Advocacy

  • Walter Hope, Volunteers and Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands
  • James Martel, Peddocks Island Association
  • Vacant
  • Vacant

Native American

  • John Peters, Mashpee Wampanoag
  • Elizabeth Solomon, Massachusett-Ponkapoag Tribal Council
    (Chair & Voting Partner)
  • Vacant
  • Vacant

Community Groups

  • Greg Abel, The Arc. Greater Waltham
  • Ed McCabe, Hull Lifesaving Museum
  • Vacant
  • Vacant

Designated Federal Officer

  • Michael Creasey, General Superintendent, National Parks of Boston

Last updated: June 20, 2019

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