The Harford Land Trust recently named Kristin Kirkwood as Executive Director. An eighth-generation Harford County resident, Kirkwood is the Trust’s third Executive Director in its 26-year history. The organization’s Board of Directors unanimously approved her appointment at the recommendation of a three-member search committee after an extensive search and interview process.
“We are thrilled that Kristin has agreed to lead our day-to-day operations,” said Ben Lloyd, President of the Board of Directors. “Her impressive background in management and enthusiasm for our mission of preserving Harford’s rural and ecological treasures will set us up for continued success in our challenging but necessary work.”
Kirkwood grew up on Newark Farms in White Hall, one of Harford’s bicentennial farms that has been owned by the family for more than 200 years. She succeeds Margaret “Peg” Niland, who retired in May after 11 years as Harford Land Trust’s Executive Director. Kirkwood previously worked as a management and strategy consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers. She earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in sustainability and environmental management from Harvard University. She currently resides in the Norrisville area with her husband, Chester Feldmann, and son, Forest.
“My life has been enriched by Harford's open spaces,” said Kirkwood. “I‘m honored to have been named the Executive Director of the Harford Land Trust and am motivated to expand the organization’s reach to ensure that we have the support and resources to continue to conserve the county’s most treasured and fragile places.”