The Sag Harbor Partnership has announced the appointment of Molly Bishop as the inaugural executive director for the organization. The partnership was formed when its board of directors banded together as a group of volunteers with a shared love for the village and a desire to ensure its future integrity and prosperity.
It recently decided the time had come to make an investment in its own operations and expand its reach. With Ms. Bishop’s appointment, the partnership will continue to serve the needs of the community and invest in the preservation and enhancement of the quality of life in Sag Harbor.
Ms. Bishop is an experienced development, outreach, and strategy consultant whose previous experience includes the East End Wellness Foundation, the Southampton Arts Center, and Bay Street Theater as well as numerous local political campaigns, including those of her father, former U.S. Representative Tim Bishop.
She is the 13th generation of her family to live on Eastern Long Island. As such, she brings a strong love for and knowledge of its villages and local population.
Ms. Bishop’s mandate is to propel the partnership from a successful volunteer collective into an effective non-profit organization.
“I am delighted to join the Sag Harbor Partnership as executive director and continue to build on the incredible leadership and commitment they have given to our community,” she said in a release. “As a proud and life-time resident of the East End, I am grateful for the dedication the SHP has shown in saving the Sag Harbor Cinema and continuing to selflessly give back to our community. This is an exciting next step for the partnership, and I can’t wait to see all we can accomplish together for the Village of Sag Harbor and our community as a whole.”
Gail Gallagher, the partnership’s president, said, “The Sag Harbor Partnership has always sought to partner with our village in meeting its greatest needs; from addressing food insecurity and helping children and families during COVID, to taking up the challenge of bringing our cinema back to Main Street. We’ve partnered with Stony Brook to study the quality of our surrounding waters and the SANS neighborhood for a study which resulted in receiving historic designation. The partnership board is an incredible team with a deep love of Sag Harbor. We look forward to Molly’s leadership and all that we will be able to accomplish in partnership with our great community.”
Other programs that the SHP has supported include: bike racks on Main Street, the Wear A Mask Project banners launched this summer, the free Sag Harbor Partnership walking tours and app, the plans for the new John Steinbeck Waterfront Park, and traffic calming in the village.
The Sag Harbor Partnership Board includes April Gornik, Emma Walton Hamilton, Diana Howard, Susan Lacy, Hilary Mills Loomis, Susan Mead, Carol Ostrow, Renee V.H. Simons, Susan Sprott, and Jayne Young. For more information, visit sagharborpartnership.org.