Meet The Staff: Mary Gattis
Meet our Director of Local Government Programs
based out of the Pennsylvania Office
Mary spent the first part of her life in Nashville Tennessee before moving to Lancaster County Pennsylvania in the early 90s. She grew up camping in the Adirondack Mountains, swimming in the Pacific Ocean and traveling the backroads of America with her family in a VW microbus.
Mary began her work in the environmental field while getting her degree in Business Management at Belmont University in Nashville. Since finishing college she has worked in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Most recently Mary served as Lancaster County’s Senior Environmental Planner, managing the county’s Land Recycling Program, water resources planning and all other things “environmental.” One of her greatest achievements was the development of an integrated water resources plan for the county.
Currently, Mary serves as the Director of Local Government Programs and Coordinator of the Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) to the Chesapeake Executive Council. She is undaunted by the fact that her work territory grew from 900 square miles (size of Lancaster County) to 64,000 square miles (size of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed).
Mary is a firm believer in systems and systems thinking, which she learned to apply to environmental management when working as a private consultant in the late 1990s. Her passion for environmental protection and restoration is obvious to anyone who works with her, as is her belief that economic sustainability and environmental protection go hand-in-hand.
Mary lives in a restored 1860s story-and-a-half house in the middle of Lititz Borough with her dog, cat and a yellow-crowned Amazon who rules the roost. When not out kayaking, hiking, or camping, she spends her time gardening, reading, practicing yoga, dancing and just being.