Executive Assistant to the President and to the Director of Engagement
Originally from Quincy, Massachusetts, Nolan has worked in Boston for the last five years, but his family has long ties to Maine. After years of summer visits, Nolan and his canine companion Eleanor decided to join his partner in Portland and make Vacationland home.
Nolan brings over five years of experience in community outreach and constituent services from his time as a Regional Director in U.S. Sen. Ed Markey’s Boston office. There he championed issues like pandemic assistance, health equity, and climate justice. He is passionate about the power of collective action, starting at the individual community level, to combat the growing threat of climate change. He believes that’s where real progress is made.
Nolan loves exploring the natural beauty of Maine’s unique coast—from Harpswell to North Haven to Lubec. When not enjoying the great outdoors, he likes to curl up with a good book (especially works of sci-fi and solar-punk), play with his dog Eleanor, and binge the latest popular TV series.
Nolan O’Brien has been with MCHT since 2022.
On land conservation: “Working for the lead Senate sponsor of the Green New Deal resolution made it abundantly clear that our collective response to climate change must match the scale of the crisis we are facing and it must do so rooted in justice and equity. Among other reasons, I moved to Maine to be closer to one the most unique environments in our country and to be on the forefront of working to increase access to these spaces, expand community engagement in protecting them, and center equity in our response to the climate crisis writ large. Maine Coast Heritage Trust is at the heart of this critical work.”
On the job: Nolan is responsible for providing administrative support, meeting coordination, and communications for the President, the Director of Engagement, and the Board of Directors. Nolan also has a hand in coordinating administrative support and operations across the organization.