The board of trustees of Highfield Hall & Gardens have appointed Lisa Walker, Tara Keefe Burke and Joanne Ingersoll to lead the organization as co-executive directors. They will serve jointly as the public face and spokespersons for Highfield and focus on streamlining operations, increasing financial support, and providing the community and visitors with a new year-round calendar of exhibitions and programs.
“Over the past six months we have come together and created a strong working relationship built on communication, transparency, and a respect for the individual strengths we each bring to the table—this is why we have no doubt we can lead jointly,” said Ms. Walker, speaking on behalf of the co-executive directors. “Together we have discussed our shared vision for Highfield and are excited with the potential.”
In addition to their shared responsibilities, each will continue in their administrative roles.
Ms. Walker is director of development at Highfield. She grew up on the Cape in Harwich and lives in Sandwich with her husband, Wayne Walker, who is director of the Carbon Program at the Woods Hole Research Center. Lisa has over 25 years’ experience in fundraising and nonprofit management. After beginning her career at the Brookline Arts Center she traveled west where she worked at UCLA before transitioning her fundraising focus to the environment with an emphasis on climate change. She worked as director of development at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego but eventually home beckoned and Ms. Walker returned to the Cape as vice president of development at the Woods Hole Research Center before joining Highfield Hall & Gardens.
Ms. Burke grew up in Falmouth, and her father was the longtime owner of Falmouth Ford in Falmouth and Chatham. After graduating from Falmouth High School, she moved on to pursue a teaching degree and eventually found a career in the trade show industry. In this capacity, she worked for Freeman Companies, a Dallas-based global company. Upon moving back to Falmouth Ms. Burke joined Highfield Hall & Gardens this past May. Tara is married to Paul Burke, financial consultant for Cape Cod 5. Ms. Burke is the visitor services manager.
Ms. Ingersoll lives in Bourne and is a professional museum curator, writer, and teacher with expertise in art, design, and social history best expressed by an ability to translate theoretical concepts into compelling stories of innovation and creation for a variety of audiences. An expert at finding connections—between people and communities, and between objects and makers—she is Highfield’s curator of programs and exhibitions.