Martin Pillsbury

Environmental Planning Director

Department: Environment
Phone: 617-933-0747


Martin Pillsbury, Environmental Director at MAPC, has been with MAPC since 1983. He manages all aspects of the agency’s environmental and water resources programs. He currently oversees MAPC’s climate adaptation planning, the Hazard Mitigation planning program, and the agency’s technical assistance on stormwater management, including MS4 permits, Low Impact Development, and Green Infrastructure. He participates in state water resources policy as a gubernatorial appointee to the Water Management Advisory Committee, and he recently served as an appointee to the legislative Water Infrastructure Finance Commission.

At the local level, Mr. Pillsbury has extensive experience in preparing groundwater and aquifer protection plans for dozens of communities across the MAPC region. He has also assisted the MA Department of Environmental Protection in drafting the state’s Model Groundwater Protection Bylaw. He has managed several technical assistance projects to help communities develop stormwater management bylaws, as well as a project to establish a stormwater enterprise fund.

Prior to joining MAPC, Mr. Pillsbury served as an environmental planner for Wallace, Floyd Associates where he worked on the state’s Long Range Water Supply Study 2020, and the New England River Basins Commission, where he produced a watershed plan for the Housatonic River basin, and assisted with a New England wide study of hydropower. He began his career at the New Jersey office of Coastal Zone Management, assisting with development of the state’s first coastal zone management plan.

Mr. Pillsbury earned a Master of Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Environmental Studies from Rutgers University, New Jersey. Outside of his duties at MAPC, he has taught a college level course on water resources management for the Massachusetts Marine Studies Consortium since 1992. He was invited to present to the United Nations Symposium on Water and the City in Paris, France in 1997. Mr. Pillsbury is fluent in Portuguese.

Areas of Expertise: Water resources planning and policy, watershed management, water quality, stormwater, water supply, and groundwater issues; coastal resources management; low-impact development; hazard mitigation planning, Brownfields, and environmental impact reviews under MEPA and NEPA.