is the new Executive Director of the Hunterdon Land Trust in Flemington, NJ. Read more.
After earning a B.S. in biology and environmental studies from Ursinus College and a Master of Environmental Management degree from Yale University, Ms. Ruby managed conservation programs for the Upper Raritan Watershed Association for several years. During this time, she administered two federally-funded water quality projects, reorganized the land preservation and water conservation programs for more effective operation, trained volunteers and staff, and participated in regional policy and planning activities. Ms. Ruby also began providing technical assistance and administrative support to the Lamington Conservancy, a volunteer-led land trust that operates in Somerset, Hunterdon, and Morris Counties.
Ms. Ruby then joined the NJ Sustainable State Institute at Rutgers to manage the development of county and municipal sustainability plans as well as climate and energy plans. Specifically, she coordinated a team from Rutgers to develop Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategies for 12 municipal recipients of ARRA funding, administered the contracts, and shepherded the projects through DOE approval. Ms. Ruby also researched policies and best practices to develop guidance incorporated into the award-winning Sustainable Jersey program. She was appointed as Acting Director of NJSSI before joining the Sustainability Institute at The College of NJ in 2010 where she continued her role in Sustainable Jersey program development and administration. Additionally she led an initiative focused on developing best practices for and addressing obstacles to successful municipal animal management in NJ.
In 2012, Ms. Ruby became the Executive Director of the Hunterdon Land Trust in Flemington, NJ where she works to preserve natural resources and farmland while supporting local food systems. This work not only preserves the rural heritage of New Jersey and ensures access to local, healthy food but also sustains the natural infrastructure that creates more resilient communities that can recover from unprecedented challenges like “Super Storm Sandy”.