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Melissa Philbrick

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Having grown up on Cape Cod, Melissa moved to Nantucket with her husband, Nat, and their two young children in 1986. She served as the founding executive director of Remain from 2008 to 2018 when she retired. She now serves the nonprofit as a strategic advisor. Before working at Remain, Melissa practiced law in Boston and then on Nantucket, where she focused on land use permitting, real estate transactions and corporate law.

Melissa has been involved with a variety of Nantucket nonprofit boards over the past three decades, including A Safe Place, Small Friends, Sherburne Commons and Nantucket Historical Association. Currently, she is the president of the Community Foundation for Nantucket’s Board of Trustees and also serves on the boards of Nantucket Cottage Hospital and Cape Cod Five Bank. Melissa graduated with a bachelor’s degree in American civilizations from Brown University in 1979 and received her law degree from Columbia University Law School in 1984.