Regional Coordinators and Local Governance Committees

MassBays includes 50 communities across its study area. In order to enhance its relationship and support to these local communities, MassBays partners with five Regional Service Providers that host the MassBays Regional Coordinators. Embedded in their respective regions, they work with Local Governance Committees to identify regional priorities that are included in the MassBays’ <Annual Workplan>. Day-to-day, the Regional Coordinators respond to local needs, convene stakeholders and decision makers, provide technical and hands-on assistance, and conduct education and outreach to engage volunteers and inform community members about the importance of coastal ecosystems. 

Meet our five Regional Coordinators 

Hanna Mogensen, Upper North Shore Regional Coordinator
Merrimack Valley Planning Commission

Hanna Mogensen serves as the Upper North Shore Regional Coordinator and as the Coastal Resources Planner at the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission (MVPC).  In her dual role Hanna supports a number of initiatives including water resource management, stormwater assessment and mitigation, coastal and estuarine habitat assessment and restoration, open space and recreation planning, and hazard mitigation planning. Importantly Hanna works to facilitate collaboration and promote protection of critical habitats and sustainable use of natural resources across the Upper North Shore. Before joining MassBays, Hanna worked with many coastal communities in the region, first as a research technician supporting the Hurricane Sandy Resiliency Grant in the Great Marsh, and then as the Chief Program Officer at Terracorps, a non-profit environmental organization based in Lowell.  Hanna is reading for an MS in Marine Biology from the University of New Hampshire, where her research is focused on studying microplastic presence within New England estuaries. Hanna lives in Topsfield with her partner and their two crazy pups! When not working, you can find her lost in the garden, mountain biking, swimming, backcountry skiing, or adventuring around the region.

Barbara Warren, Lower North Shore Regional Coordinator
Salem Sound Coastwatch

Barbara Warren is the MassBays National Estuary Regional Coordinator for the Lower North Shore.  She is also the Executive Director of Salem Sound Coastwatch, a non-profit organization based in Salem, MA. Over many years, Barbara has worked extensively with local municipalities on environmental issues on land and water. Her extensive knowledge of Salem Sound, as well as her intimate knowledge of the communities in her region and what makes them tick, make her one of the most sought-after partners, advisor, and speaker about the region. Her special areas of interest are climate resiliency and applying nature-based solutions for climate adaptation. Barbara holds a B.A. from Wellesley College, M.Ed. from Lesley University, and an M.S. in Environmental Science from Antioch College New England. She started her career in education and worked as a teacher, artist, and business owner before moving to the North Shore and discovering Salem Sound Coastwatch as a volunteer. The rest is history...

Diana Chin, Metro Boston Regional Coordinator
Northeastern University Marine Science Center

In 2023, Diana Chin Ph.D. became the MassBays Metro Boston Regional Coordinator. Diana is also an Associate Research Scientist at Northeastern University Marine Science Center. She previously worked as an environmental risk assessment consultant and completed her Ph.D. and postdoctoral research on mutually beneficial relationships between marine bivalve and seagrass species.  Her ongoing research interests include the application of plant-animal-sediment interaction research - and benthic ecology more broadly - toward coastal conservation resilience, fisheries, aquaculture, and habitat restoration goals. Diana convenes the Boston Harbor Ecosystem Network (BHEN), a group of stakeholders from various backgrounds who meet regularly to share knowledge about the environment and issues surrounding Boston Harbor. Diana is also working with partners to identify priorities for coastal health and protection in the region.

Alex Mansfield, South Shore Regional Coordinator
North and South Rivers Watershed Association

Alex Mansfield is the new MassBays South Shore Regional Coordinator and the Watershed Ecologist for the North and South Rivers Watershed Association (NSRWA). He holds an MS in Environmental Sciences from UMass Boston. Prior to joining NSRWA Alex served as a Principal Research Scientist for Battelle Memorial Institute. For the past 20 years Alex has been designing and conducting environmental field programs from the tropics to the arctic. This included diving in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, tracking the Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound, sampling around icebergs in the Chukchi Sea, and developing sustainable aquaculture programs following tsunami devastation in Chile. But Alex is a local boy at heart, so applying his experience to local problems has been a top priority.  In 2007 Alex started up the Ecology Program at Jones River Watershed Association, a program focused on on-the-ground restoration projects including dam removal, river species monitoring, and salt marsh assessments. Alex served many years on NSRWA’s Advisory Council and is now excited to bring his expertise to protecting and restoring our coastal watersheds with NSRWA and MassBays.

Jo Ann Muramoto, Cape Cod Regional Coordinator
Association to Preserve Cape Cod

Since 2006 the Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC) has been the Regional Service Provider for the MassBays Cape Cod region. Jo Ann Muramoto Ph.D. is the Cape Cod regional coordinator for MassBays. In this role, Jo Ann has played a key role in many projects, for example the designation of Cape Cod Bay, Nantucket Sound and Vineyard Sound as No Discharge Areas for boat sewage; restoration of the Stony Brook salt marsh and fish run; development of a Cape-wide volunteer herring count program coordinating partners to monitor over 16 herring runs; formation of a Cape Cod stormwater managers group; establishing APCC’s Restoration Coordination Center, developing the cyanobacteria monitoring program, and Cape Cod regional pond monitoring program; and leading the effort to establish the State of the Waters: Cape Cod program to grade the Cape’s water resources on an annual basis ( ). As Director of APCC’s Science Program, Dr. Muramoto also oversees APCC’s science staff and projects assessing the feasibility of using storm water utilities to fund stormwater infrastructure and maintenance.