To build and foster a statewide emergency planning process that serves the cultural and emergency management communities and addresses disaster mitigation, prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery. The process will ensure an ongoing dialogue that promotes mutual understanding and coordination between these communities.


That every cultural heritage organization in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is prepared for and is able to respond to a disaster or emergency in conjunction with the emergency management community at the state, regional, and local levels to ensure the resilience of the organization and the preservation of and access to its collections.

Executive Board

  • Co-Chair: Alejandra Dean, Massachusetts State Archives
  • Co-Chair: Evan Knight, Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
  • Secretary: Veronica Martzahl, Massachusetts State Archives
  • Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency representative: Ben Hiltunen
  • Massachusetts Municipality representative:
  • Northeast Document Conservation Center representative: Becky Geller
  • New England Museum Association representative: Dan Yaeger
  • Representative-at-large: Priscilla Anderson, Harvard Library Preservation Services
  • Representative-at-large: Ben Haavick, Historic New England
  • Representative-at-large:


  • Angela Campbell, Historic Architecture, Conservation and Engineering Center of the National Parks Service
  • Lori Foley, Federal Emergency Management Agency/Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HENTF)
  • Kathy Griffin, Massachusetts Historical Society
  • John Hannigan, Massachusetts State Archives
  • Gregor Trinkaus-Randall, Stony Creek Consulting
  • Jessica Unger, Foundation for Advancement in Conservation