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We Are Scotland

Who We Are

Based in Boston, The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA is a membership organization with supporters from all 50 states. We are connected by our interest in conserving the 125 irreplaceable landscapes and historic sites cared for by the National Trust for Scotland, including:

  • The humble cottage where Scotland’s Bard, Robert Burns, was born
  • Over 178,000 acres of Scottish countryside, home to rare wildlife and world-famous landscapes like Glencoe
  • Culloden Battlefield, the site of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s last stand
  • 38 major gardens that feature both local flora and plants collected from across the globe by Scottish explorers
  • The island of Iona, known as the cradle of Christianity, where the Book of Kells may have been written
  • Baronial castles, architectural treasures, and even a tenement house

The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA is a 501(c)(3) registered in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Federal Tax ID No. 04-3511088).

Lisa Bravata

Manager, Annual Programs

Lisa oversees operations and NTSUSA’s annual programs including management of membership, appeals, and the Clan Partner program. With a background in nonprofit arts management, Lisa holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of Texas at Arlington and is currently working toward a MLIS in Archives Management at Simmons University in Boston, Massachusetts. Lisa’s favorite National Trust for Scotland properties are Robert Smail’s Printing Works and Glencoe, and a visit to Canna House is next on her list.

Kirstin Bridier

Executive Director

Kirstin is responsible for implementing all aspects of NTSUSA’s mission, from strategic partnerships and fundraising to Board development and grants management. Kirstin, who previously worked at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Nantucket Historical Association, is a graduate of Smith College and holds an M.Sc. in historic preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. Her favorite National Trust for Scotland property is Hill House, and she can’t wait to visit St Kilda someday.

Michael Friedman

Development & Communications Assistant

Michael works with the development team to manage databases and oversee NTSUSA’s public outreach initiatives. Michael has been a tour guide for museums around New England and was involved in several research projects in his undergraduate career, ranging in scope from archaeology to linguistics. Michael has a B.A. from Tufts University, where he majored in history and classical studies. He cannot wait to visit Drum castle and explore its fascinating library! 

Sarah MacPhee

Programs and Partnerships Manager

Sarah has joined NTSUSA to deliver the annual fundraising gala, A Celebration of Scotland’s Treasures, to develop additional programming in person and virtually, including tours to Scotland, and to foster meaningful partnerships. Sarah brings her experience from the public and private sectors in events, partnership management, member acquisition and retention. She has a BA from the University of Strathclyde. One of Sarah’s favorite Trust Nature Reserve’s is Glencoe and she looks forward to visiting Iona on one of her next trips to Scotland.

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