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We Are Scotland

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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.

Emily Fitzsimmons

Development Officer, Annual Programs

Emily coordinates the NTSUSA’s membership program and annual appeal and works closely with our events manager on A Celebration of Scotland’s Treasures. Prior to joining the Foundation, Emily was the registrar and special projects coordinator at a contemporary art gallery in Boston. Emily is a graduate of Eckerd College and holds an M.A. in Arts & Cultural Management from King’s College London. She is excited to visit the National Trust for Scotland’s Tenement House and Priorwood Garden on her next trip to Glasgow.

Libby McKee

Donor Relations Manager

Libby helps NTSUSA donors and the public connect more deeply with the National Trust for Scotland’s work. She is responsible for NTSUSA’s communications, from e-newsletters to virtual programs, and manages the Founders’ Circle giving program. Before joining our staff, Libby held positions in marketing, higher education, and independent school development. She received a B.A. in communication studies from Hamilton College. Libby has a special fondness for JM Barrie’s Birthplace and hopes to visit Culzean Castle and Iona soon.

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