• Jersey Shore Partnership Announces Chairwoman Grace Hanlon as New Executive Director

    by  • September 8, 2021 • News

    Jersey Shore Partnership Announces Chairwoman Grace Hanlon as New Executive Director

    Board Member and Partnership Summer Celebration Chairwoman Grace Hanlon will take over the position from Margot Walsh, who is retiring.

    Tinton Falls, NJ August 17, 2021 – The Jersey Shore Partnership is pleased to announce that Board member Grace Hanlon will be taking over as the organization’s new executive director. Hanlon 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 served as the Director of Tourism in NJ during Superstorm Sandy and championed the tourism industry’s comeback after the devastating storm.  An experienced executive, she currently serves on the District 11 Legislators Coronavirus Economic Recovery Advisory Council and the National Council of State Tourism Directors in Washington, DC.  Skilled in the arts of public speaking, public relations and media production, 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.


    The Jersey Shore Partnership is an advocate of initiatives that are unique and important to the Jersey Shore coastal communities with an emphasis on shore protection and beach replenishment. The Partnership takes an active role in New Jersey’s economy including tourism, coastal resources, vital infrastructure, education and emergency preparedness.