The Compact’s staff of experienced land preservation professionals delivers practical and timely technical assistance. Mark Robinson, The Compact’s Executive Director, has served in that capacity since The Compact’s founding in 1986, and is the “go-to” person for all open space matters on Cape Cod. Michael Lach serves as the Assistant Director and is also the Executive Director of the Harwich Conservation Trust. The Compact enables its member land trusts to complete up to 50 new land acquisition projects every year in Barnstable County, an achievement that would not be possible without the critical assistance provided by Compact staff.

The Compact is governed by a Board of Directors, comprised solely of volunteer delegates representing each member land trust. The Compact’s Board meets bimonthly and governs policy, budget and personnel policy. The Executive Director oversees personnel, provides all administrative tasks, assigns work among staff, and works with the Treasurer to provide financial accountability. He also provides direct project management for larger, more complex projects. The Compact’s staff members have complementary skills and backgrounds in law, policy, and nonprofit management, and The Compact often uses the team-approach to problem-solving. We also draw upon a wide network of specialists throughout Cape Cod that volunteer their time and expertise in surveying, appraising, financial management, field studies and fundraising.

The Compact also relies on summer interns and provides them technical and professional experience.  See some of the reports of their work.  Please email Mark Robinson at if you are interested in applying for an internship.


Mark Robinson, Executive Director


Michael Lach, Assistant Director