Naromi Land Trust has announced Amanda Branson has been named executive director.

She is the land trust’s first executive director.

“Amanda Branson’s many years of land trust experience, coupled with her knowledge of Naromi from her consultancy work for us over the years, gives us our best possible executive director,” Margery Josephson, president of Naromi Land Trust, said when she announced the position.

Since 2007, Branson has been working with Naromi, supporting the board of directors, ensuring compliance with national standards and managing Naromi’s program activities, like editing its popular eNewsletter and website.

She will guide Naromi though the accreditation process of the national Land Trust Alliance and help the board achieve Naromi’s goal to implement its creed: “Forever. Sherman.”

Branson has been working with nonprofit organizations since 2003, providing services to help groups connect to their community, accomplish their goals and streamline their operations.

She leads the Connecticut Records Project, a joint program of the Land Trust Alliance and the Connecticut Land Conservation Council that teaches land trusts sound record-keeping practices and conduct audits of property and organizational records.

Over the last few years, 15 land trusts have participated in this project.

The new executive director lives in Kent with her husband, Clark, and their three young children.