Michele Pecoraro brings years of tourism, marketing, and leadership experience to the helm of Plymouth 400, Inc. Michele’s knowledge of the tourism industry and her connections with industry leaders and legislators have helped her increase awareness and engagement for Plymouth 400 at the local, national, and international levels. Michele joined the team in Spring 2014 and immediately began developing and expanding the organization’s National and International outreach efforts, government involvement, fundraising strategy, and overall strategic plans. Her initiative to bring on a professional staff and expand the scope of the Board of Directors staff has been key to growing the organization. Ms. Pecoraro came to Plymouth from just over the Cape Cod Canal, where she worked for seven years as the Vice President of Operations, International Markets & Special Projects at the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce/Convention and Visitors Bureau. She also served as President of the Massachusetts Cultural Coast for ten years. Ms. Pecoraro possesses a deep love of the region in which she has lived for most of her life.
Cheryl Soares, Program Manager
Cheryl is a lifelong Plymouth resident who began working at Plymouth 400 in 2012 as Administrative Coordinator with 30 years of experience in administration, operations, event planning, human resources and accounting. Cheryl's past successes include coordinating events, securing grants, coordinating cultural arts programs, co-founding PBAC, and establishing an educational drama club and talent show at a local elementary school. As a part of the Plymouth 400 team Cheryl has been instrumental in building the organization's brand and is deeply involved in fundraising, accounting, volunteer management, event planning, operations, marketing, and the Plymouth 400 Partner Program.
J. Nathaniel Arata, Director of Development
Nat has been working in non-profit fund raising for over 17 years, with a strong focus on history and the humanities. He recently led the capital campaign at Mystic Seaport to restore and sail the CHARLES W. MORGAN, and he spent seven years in Chicago as the lead fund raiser for the Chicago History Museum. He began his career in the 1990s at Old Sturbridge Village and as an officer for the Annual Fund at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. Nat earned his MA in Humanities from the University of Chicago and a BA in English Literature from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY.
Brian E. Logan, Communications Manager
Brian is the most recent addition to Plymouth 400, Inc. Born and raised in Plymouth, he brings a passion for his hometown, its history and its future as he is raising a family here. After getting his education at Emerson College in Boston, he was a teacher in the Plymouth Public School system for a short time before working in and around Boston for several years. Brian has an extensive background in international travel and marketing, having worked for Grand Circle Travel and EF Education First, among others. He has managed creative teams, brand development, on- and offline advertising, public relations and government tourist board advocacy. This unique combination of messaging strategy and tourism operations acumen make him a unique and essential addition to the Plymouth 400 team.
Kellie Parham, Administrative Coordinator