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The mission of the Massachusetts Association for Floodplain Management (massFM) is to create a forum for the exchange of local knowledge about floodplain management, to share that knowledge with the public, to inform municipal and statewide policies and procedures, and to improve the Commonwealth’s ability to mitigate flood hazards now and in the future. massFM strives to be inclusive across multiple disciplines, regardless of means.

The Association will serve as a supportive framework for those who manage floodplains, and who engage in associated professions, within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and surrounding states. The Association will serve as a forum for education, the exchange of ideas, and increasing public awareness about floodplain hazards and management practices. The Association shall solicit the thoughts, ideas, concerns, and issues related to floodplain management from its members to affect and integrate better management practices within public policy. Such pursuits will be based on the collective experience of a diverse statewide membership and result in environmental stewardship and better collaboration locally, statewide, regionally, and nationally among all partners and stakeholders with an interest in minimizing future flood risk and damages in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


Educating, promoting, and informing on practices related to floodplain management.

The Association focuses its purpose on the following:


  • Providing opportunities for flood management practitioners to gain and share knowledge through workshops, meetings, and resource exchanges.


  • Promoting public awareness and implementation of effective and environmentally beneficial floodplain management principles including mitigation, resiliency, preparedness, response, and recovery and the linkages between them.

  • Informing and providing technical information relative to legislation pertinent and necessary to the effective implementation of sound floodplain management practices.

For more information about massFM view our bylaws by clicking here.


massFM is composed of approximately 50 members (as of the October 2020 annual meeting).  Our membership is composed of individuals representing local, state, federal, and private organizations.  Please check our Become a Member page if you are interesting in joining us to support our mission.

View description of Board Member Positions

The current board of directors as shown below with the year each position term ends shown in parenthesis.  

Executive Board


Vice Chair:





Rosalie Starvish (2025)

Noah Slovin (2024)

Matt Shultz (2025)

David Azinheira (2024)

Regional Representatives


Lara Sup (2024)


Ellie Baker (2025)

Lori Watson (2024)


Rebecca Haney (2025)


Shannon Hulst (2024)












Cape & Islands:


Newsletter Committee 

Rosalie Starvish (Chair)

Website Committee 

David Azinheira (Chair)

Membership Committee 

Shannon Hulst (Chair)


Contact committee leads or to get involved!

Sponsorship Committee

Gabrielle Belfit (Chair)

Annual Conference Committee 

Noah Slovin (Chair)

Event Committee 

Joy Duperault (Chair)

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