Introducing Our New Interim Executive Director

The Maria Mitchell Association (MMA) is pleased to announce that Jason Bridges will be the Interim Executive Director at the Maria Mitchell Association effective August 24, 2020. Jason will replace outgoing Executive Director, David Gagnon.

A graduate of Wabash College with a degree in Psychology and Chemistry, Bridges has been a fixture on the island for over twenty-one years. Currently, Bridges owns and operates the Handlebar Cafe and Nantucket Bike Tours and has been a Select Board Member for over three years. He had numerous past experiences with the Maria Mitchell Association. According to Jason, “The Maria Mitchell Association impacts the citizens of Nantucket through their work to preserve, educate, and research the natural world. I have a close and personal relationship with the MMA. Fifteen years ago, I volunteered to join the MMA’s research team and assisted with snake and spider counts. I met my wife, Courtney Bridges, through the Maria Mitchell Association where she was an educator in 2008. My first business, Nantucket Bike Tours, started through a collaboration with Maria Mitchell. Beyond business and person ties, I gained a great appreciation for the complexity of the night sky through Maria Mitchell. You can find me, on a clear night, playing backyard astronomer with my sky guide in hand. Now, I am thrilled I have the privilege to further the mission of the Maria Mitchell Association as its Interim Executive Director.”

“Jason’s business experience, knowledge of the MMA and Nantucket, and commitment to the core mission make him an ideal Interim Director. We are pleased to welcome Jason onto the Maria Mitchell Association team.” – Helene Weld, MMA Board Chair

Founded in 1902, the MMA works to preserve the legacy of Nantucket native astronomer, naturalist, librarian, and educator, Maria Mitchell. The Maria Mitchell Association operates two observatories, a natural science museum, an aquarium, a research center, and preserves the historic birthplace of Maria Mitchell. A wide variety of science and history-related programming is offered throughout the year for people of all ages.

Please join us in giving Jason a very warm welcome to the Maria Mitchell Association!