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Grace Hanlon Named Executive Director of Jersey Shore Partnership

The Jersey Shore Partnership announced that board member Grace Hanlon will be taking over as the organization’s new executive director. Hanlon served as the director of tourism in New Jersey during Superstorm Sandy and championed the tourism industry’s comeback after the devastating storm. She replaces Margot Walsh, who recently announced her retirement. The Jersey Shore Partnership stands as the state’s leading advocate and champion of beach restoration to protect our coastline — a natural treasure and major contributor to the state’s tourism industry.

Board Chairman John Gagliano says he is delighted to welcome Hanlon on board:

“Grace took a leadership role in the state of New Jersey after the devastation of Super Storm Sandy. She is a passionate advocate for the beaches and the tourism economy it supports, and I know that her experience and expertise will prove to be a huge asset to the organization.”

The Executive Director of Clean Ocean Action, Cindy Zipf, adds that “Passing the baton to Grace Hanlon is a natural and perfect fit. Grace has passion for the coast as well as for the work of the Jersey Shore Partnership.”

Hanlon is an experienced executive and currently serves on the District 11 Legislators Coronavirus Economic Recovery Advisory Council and the National Council of State Tourism Directors in Washington, DC. She has appeared on The Travel Channel, Good Day New York, NBC 10 Philadelphia, and many other news programs in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

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