Holly Backus has been a land-use planner for almost 15 years. However in November 2019, she was promoted as the first Preservation Planner for the Town of Nantucket. In addition, she is the Town’s Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Coordinator and successfully managed the project to update the plan for FEMA approval in March 2019. She is highly involved with the Town’s Resiliency and Sustainability Planning efforts. In addition, she is a staff liaison to both the Nantucket Historic District Commission and the Nantucket Historical Commission and occasionally participates with the Town’s Coastal Resiliency Advisory Committee.
She has a bachelor’s degree in Historic Preservation and Art & Architectural History from Roger Williams University and a Graduate Certificate from the University of Florida’s Preservation Institute Nantucket. After college she became a Land Use Planner for Berkeley County, South Carolina; a fast-growing county outside Charleston, South Carolina for approximately 10 years. Holly is a Nantucket Native and is happy to be back home helping her island plan appropriately for the protection of the island’s historic and cultural resources with the changing climate.