Meredith Reed O'Donnell
Meredith works in Development at the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, where she helps coordinate private foundation grants and project reports and writes the occasional solicitation letter. What she most enjoys about her job is learning about the excellent work her colleagues dedicate themselves to each day. Whether conserving land, maintaining trails, shaping policy, managing sustainable timber harvests, conducting scientific research, or providing educational and volunteer opportunities to people of all ages, Forest Society staff walk the talk set forth by the organization’s mission: to protect the state’s most important landscapes and promote the careful use of its renewable natural resources.
Meredith is a 1995 graduate of Bates College and a 2004 graduate of the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College. She worked at the Forest Society from 2008 until 2015, transitioning to a development role at a private school closer to home before rejoining the Forest Society in 2018. Growing up in Bennington, Meredith played unsupervised from morning until night in the acres of field and forest behind her house, discovering hidden-away ponds, climbing trees with her brother, and gliding on a rope swing across a neighbor’s hilltop hayloft. She is thankful to organizations like the Forest Society—and the people who make its work possible—for protecting the New Hampshire landscapes that filter the air we breathe and the water we drink, life-sustaining resources for one and all.