The Association to Preserve Cape Cod’s board of directors announced today that it has named Andrew Gottlieb as the environmental organization’s new executive director.
The announcement follows a search by APCC’s board to replace Ed DeWitt, who retired as executive director in March. DeWitt held the leadership position since 2011.
“The APCC board is very excited to welcome Andrew Gottlieb as our new executive director. His knowledge and experience with environmental protection and his passion for Cape Cod will provide critical leadership to preserve the natural resources and community character of the Cape,” said Margo Fenn, APCC board president.
Gottlieb comes to APCC with more than 30 years of environmental protection experience in state, regional and local government.
From 2007 to January 2017, he was executive director of the Cape Cod Water Protection Collaborative, which is charged with assisting towns and the regional government in a coordinated approach to water and wastewater management efforts.
Before his role with the collaborative, Gottlieb was chief of the Massachusetts Office of Commonwealth Development, where he coordinated the state’s environmental, energy, housing and transportation policies. Prior to that, Gottlieb worked for 16 years at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. While at DEP, he developed a successful estuaries preservation program and reshaped the State Revolving Fund into a nationally recognized model for funding watershed protection efforts.
Gottlieb is serving a third term on the Mashpee Board of Selectmen and is currently the board’s chairman. His municipal experience also includes serving as both a Mashpee water and sewer commissioner. He is a past board member of the Massachusetts Climate Action Network and was a trustee of Cape Cod Community College.
In the private sector, Gottlieb was the principal at Clean Water Associates and vice president of Rainbank, Inc., a technology startup.
“I am thrilled to be the new executive director of APCC, an organization with an almost 50-year history as the Cape’s preeminent environmental advocacy organization,” stated Gottlieb. “The protection and enhancement of the Cape’s land and water resources are critical to the Cape remaining a special place to live, work and play. APCC will be at the center of an aggressive and science-based agenda to restore embayment water quality, protect ponds and critical habitats, minimize and mitigate the impacts of climate change and ensuring that future growth and development support that agenda,” he continued.
Founded in 1968, APCC is a nonprofit environmental advocacy and education organization that works to preserve, protect and enhance the natural resources of Cape Cod.