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  • Administration

  • D. Brenton Simons
    President and CEO

    D. Brenton Simons

    Currently piloting a groundbreaking $55 million “Connecting Families, Advancing History” capital campaign for NEHGS, Brenton Simons has led the Society to major growth in its national services and scope and to its pivotal role in the popular expansion of the genealogical field in America. A staff member since 1993 and President and CEO since 2005, he has developed several of the organization’s most popular services, including its website, member magazine, and special publications imprint. In addition, he is the author of several books, including “Boston Beheld: Antique Town and Country Views” and “Witches, Rakes, and Rogues: True Stories of Scam, Scandal, Murder and Mayhem, 1620-1775,” winner of the 2006 Award of Merit from the Association for State and Local History. Most recently he produced with Atlantic Media a short film on NEHGS, “A Farseeing Vision,” recipient of the 2011 Silver Telly Award. His genealogical articles have appeared in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, The American Genealogist, The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine and elsewhere. A graduate of Boston University, he is a member of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, the American Antiquarian Society, the Club of Odd Volumes, the Society of the Cincinnati, and is a fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society.

    Ryan J. Woods
    Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

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    Engaged in museum and library management for more than a decade, Ryan Woods oversees the day-to-day operations of NEHGS and is responsible for the strategic implementation of technology and content services. Since joining NEHGS in 2007, he has held successive roles developing education programs, supervising the research library, and leading business and technology initiatives, including the creation of the Society’s flagship website, Prior to arriving at NEHGS, Ryan served in several capacities at the Mary Baker Eddy Library and at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, where he was recognized by members of Congress and by the Archivist of the United States with a commendation for outstanding achievement in public service. A licensed educator and author of educational and genealogical articles, he earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in history, education, and non-profit program management from Boston University. In addition to his work at NEHGS, Ryan serves on several boards of historical and educational institutions and is a member of the Society of the Cincinnati, the Society of Colonial Wars, the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem. He can be reached at or by phone at 617-226-1205.

    Ted MacMahon
    Vice President of Development and Member Services

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    Ted brings two decades of fundraising and capital campaign experience to NEHGS. He was previously Director of Institutional Advancement at The Fenn School and Vice President for Development at The Home for Little Wanderers in Boston. He was president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals - Massachusetts Chapter, 2003-2006, and is a certified fundraising executive (CFRE).

    You can email Ted at or contact him at 617-226-1218.

    Susan Harrington
    Assistant to the President and CEO

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    Susan is a long-time member of NEHGS and joined the staff in 2013. Her career has spanned several years supporting executives at the headquarters of a multi-national corporation and, more recently, at a private trust and investment firm, both in Boston. She holds a B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Bates College, majored in French and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Her interest in genealogy and history began as a teenager and has led to research in New England (focusing on Great Migration settlers), Ohio, the Mid-Atlantic States and the British Isles in particular. She also has an interest in Native American, European and royal genealogy. Susan enjoys helping to organize reunions of her far-flung family members and encouraging younger generations to explore their ancestry. She can be reached at or by phone at 617-226-1220.

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