New head of Westchester Land Trust announced
Westchester Land Trust has tapped Candace Schafer to be its executive director, starting Sept 20.
Schafer comes to the non-profit environmental group, based in Bedford Hills, with experience in land-use policy and a passion and appreciation for the complexities and challenges involved in land preservation in Westchester County, WLT’s board chairman George Bianco said in making the announcement.
Tom Andersen, who has served as interim executive director, will become Schafer’s deputy.
Schafter was trained as an architect and real estate developer, and received her LEED, AP certification last year. Most recently, she was senior vice president at Marcus Partners in Norwalk, Conn and developed two LEED green building projects. For three years, she served as district chair for the Urban Land Institute’s Westchester/Fairfield District Council where she successfully initiated several task forces to encourage partnerships with other volunteer organizations interested in furthering best practices in land use.
Schafer lives with her husband, Rob Mills, in Norwalk, CT. She has six children and five grandchildren.