Ship Bright is a conservation entrepreneur whose experience in the private, public [both state and federal], and nonprofit/non-governmental organization [NGO] sectors gives him a unique multi-angled perspective on economic and environmental issues that we face today. After graduating from Bates College, Ship served as an officer in the US Navy and while on active duty he earned an MBA from University of Southern New Hampshire. Ship was honorably discharged and went into real estate in the midcoast region of Maine. His foray into housing issues begged the question: “how do we have sustainable jobs to provide opportunities for our sons and daughters to remain in their own home towns?” How do we protect and steward the natural beauty that draws people to our towns on the coast of Maine at the same time? This lead him to begin examining and questioning economic development and environmental issues.
The old paradigm that it was either jobs OR the environment is a false choice. The environment and the economy are inextricable intertwined. A cold man will burn the last tree and a hungry man will eat the last fish…Ship believes we need to address both and not one over the other. Ship left the private sector after 8 years and went back to graduate school to study natural resource and economic development policy issues at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
He then worked for two Governor’s as Deputy Commissioner for the Maine Department of Conservation running the legislative program for the Department. Pursuing his passion for freshwater issues, he founded the Maine Lakes Conservancy Institute which has won numerous awards including the Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Merit Award. His work at the Maine Lakes Conservancy Institute was highlighted by his involvement with invasive aquatic species. Ship’s leadership on legislation in Maine addressing invasive species earned him an appointment by the Secretary of the Interior to the Federal Invasive Species Advisory Committee which he chaired for almost two years. Most recently Ship was in Alaska working to protect the freshwater resources of Bristol Bay, Alaska–home to the worlds largest wild sockeye salmon fishery.
He is the Principal of BrightNGOsolutions offering consulting services to Philanthropists who desire to leverage their philanthropic dollars for the greater good as well as to nonprofit/NGO organizations on board development, mission focus, strategic planning, and fundraising. Ship can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
He continues his passion for research on global freshwater issues and trying to change the world one drop at a time…