Permanent Endowment names Emily Bramhall executive director

Emily Bramhall is acting executive director of the Permanent Endowment for Martha's Vineyard. – Permanent Endowment for Martha's Vineyard

The Permanent Endowment for Martha’s Vineyard announced that Emily Bramhall of Chilmark, who most recently was chairman of the board, has become acting executive director. She takes over following the departure of Julie Anne McNary, who resigned to serve INSEAD business school as director of development, United States.

The endowment, comprised of 38 separate funds, has more than $10 million in assets, and has awarded $4.4 million in grants and scholarships since its founding 34 years ago, according to a press release.

Ms. Bramhall will work with the board of directors and Andria Jason, director of operations, to carry forward the mission of the organization “to put charitable contributions to work for the people of Martha’s Vineyard by making grants that address community priorities, funding scholarships for Island students, and building an endowment that will provide resources to enhance and preserve the quality of life on the Vineyard forever.”

Ms. Bramhall has long been active in Island affairs. She served on the board of the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, the Chilmark School advisory council, and the boards of Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard and Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation, the latter of which she served as its president. She founded her retail store, Bramhall & Dunn, in the early ’80s, and ran it for more than three decades.

Melissa McKee Hackney will return as board chairman, and Anne Williamson as vice chairman.