Shelley Kruszewski is the Executive Director of the Androscoggin Land Trust. As the Executive Director, she carries out most administrative duties and says she is, “Part property manager, part acquisition manager, part volunteer/project coordinator, event organizer, part outreach/development/grants manager and part spokesperson/contact for municipalities, partner businesses, organizations and individuals,” and that she, “Absolutely loves the variety of my work.”
Shelley grew up in Durham and bought a house in Auburn in 2011 while commuting to Portland for work. She notes, “It did not take much time before I fell in love with LA and recognized it as my home, a place we plan to stay, are committed to and excited to be a part of.”
Shelley is a council member of the Good Food Council of LA, and a council member of ReTreeUS. She also supports the Auburn Community Garden Initiative, Tree Street Youth, the Auburn PAL Center, and marine conservation and animal rescue/rehabilitation in general. She volunteers with local races and substitute teaches Cardio Sport classes. Look for her at Orchid, Fish Bones, She Doesn’t Like Guthries, Sonder and Dram, Mother India, 4 Seasons Farm Market, Mac’s, Olive Branch Café, Jasmine Café, Tripps Farmhouse Cafe and Break.
She wants the internal and external community to recognize all that is happening here. Shelley also notes, “Another challenge is in thinking about how to make progress in a sustainable way, with coordinated efforts, without losing the unique character and assets that make LA a place that people love; similarly adapting to and inviting new while maintaining important aspects of the past,” through more community conversations.