ReMain Nantucket is an island-based organization established by Wendy Schmidt, President of The Schmidt Family Foundation.

We conduct two kinds of activities. Our charitable activities are conducted as an offshoot of The Schmidt Family Foundation. Entrepreneurial venture projects and real estate development are implemented as private, rather than foundation, investments. 

Under the ReMain Nantucket umbrella, both charitable activity and venture investments help to envision and empower a prosperous future for the heart of Nantucket - tapping into the Island's extraordinary resources: its people and strong tradition of conservation, independence, and innovation.

People

Wendy Schmidt is the President of The Schmidt Family Foundation, where she works to advance the development of renewable energy and wiser natural resource use.  The Foundation houses its grant-making operation in The 11th Hour Project, which supports more than 150 non-profit organizations in program areas including climate and energy, ecological agriculture, human rights, and our maritime connection.

Recognizing that the wellbeing of our natural environment elevates the wellbeing of its communities in turn, Wendy established ReMain Nantucket as a Schmidt Family Foundation Project in 2008.

In 2009, Wendy and her husband Eric Schmidt created the Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI), which launched the research vessel “Falkor” in 2012 as a mobile platform to advance ocean exploration, discovery, and knowledge, and catalyze sharing of information about our oceans.

To further her commitment to ocean health issues, Wendy partnered with XPRIZE in 2010 by sponsoring the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup XCHALLENGE. She continued her partnership with XPRIZE after the success of the Oil Cleanup XCHALLENGE, sponsoring the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE, which was awarded in July 2015.

Wendy also serves on the XPRIZE Foundation’s board in addition to her service on those of the Natural Resources Defense Council, Climate Central, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, The Trust for Governors Island, and Grist. On-Island, Wendy sits on the board of trustees for the Nantucket Dreamland. She was Dreamland’s first president upon its reconception in 2012. Wendy earned her Masters in Journalism from the University of California at Berkeley, and a B.A. magna cum laude from Smith College.

Melissa Philbrick first moved to Nantucket with her husband and two children in 1986. She opened her own law firm in 1996 and worked with ReMain Nantucket since its formation in 2008. Melissa left her legal  practice to become the organization’s Executive Director in 2009.

At ReMain, Melissa brings years of legal experience to both ReMain Nantucket and ReMain Ventures projects. Decades of working and raising a family on the Island has provided her with the passion and perspective needed to steer ReMain towards its mission of both strengthening and preserving the downtown’s spirit and economic vitality. Melissa also serves on the boards of The Community Foundation For Nantucket and The Residences at Sherburne Commons. She received her B.A. in American Civilization from Brown University and her law degree from the Columbia University School of Law.

Rachel Hobart has been a summer resident of Nantucket since 1968, and moved permanently to the Island in 1987 in order to practice law. She took a break from her practice to raise her three children, and was a partner in the opening of Fahey and Fromagerie, a gourmet wine and food store. In that time, she also served as Vice President of the Nantucket New School. Rachel started with ReMain in May of 2008 as its Project Manager.

Rachel manages ReMain’s public/private partnerships with the Town of Nantucket, particularly focusing on the Island’s transit and transportation systems. Furthermore, Rachel’s 17 years with the Nantucket New School has informed and enhanced her work in encouraging the educational offerings on the Island at ReMain’s 56 Centre Street facility. She also serves on the board of trustees of the Nantucket Dreamland. Rachel graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in English and received her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law.

A frequent visitor to Nantucket since 1989,  Virna Gonzalez received her B.F.A. from St. John's University. From there, she began work at The MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour, Computer Associates, and Penguin Books as an assistant art director before starting her own design firm, working with American Tourister, Samsonite, CNBC, TV Food, The New Group, and Latina/Essence Magazine. Upon moving to the Island in 2002, Virna managed a retail shop before bringing her business, accounting, and graphic design skills to a local real estate firm.

In 2008, Virna joined the ReMain team. As Program Coordinator, she enjoys applying and expanding her skills to support ReMain's colorfully diverse projects and programs that benefit the Nantucket community. She has served on the boards of the Nantucket Arts Council and the Nantucket Education Trust. She currently serves as an Executive Steering Committee Member for the Nantucket Cultural District as their Secretary Officer.

Jenn King first discovered Nantucket through the suggestion of family friends during her time as an undergraduate student at Mount Holyoke College. As soon as she received her B.A. in Biology, she completed her move to the Island.

After 13 years of experience at Nantucket Bank, Jenn now brings her project management and accounting skills to the ReMain Ventures team. She has been instrumental in the planning, supervision, and maintenance of ReMain’s building projects on 22 Federal Street, 35 Centre, and 56 Centre. When she isn’t taking care of her two boys or chasing around her new puppy, Jenn also sits on the board of directors as secretary for Small Friends on Nantucket, the early-education and care group for young children on the island.

We are dedicated to strengthening the lasting economic, social, and environmental vitality of downtown Nantucket, while preserving its unique character and spirit.

The full stories of our past projects and collaborations can be found at our ReMain Archives page.

Contact

ReMain - Community Foundation ReMain Philanthropy Location: 
58 Main Street, 2nd Floor
Office Line:  508.901.4140

Mailing Address:
P.O Box 359 
Nantucket, MA 02554

ReMain Ventures Location: 
58 Main Street, 2nd Floor
Office Line: 508.901.4145

Mailing Address:
P.O Box 868 
Nantucket, MA 02554

Please email all inquiries to:
info@remainnantucket.org

We are dedicated to strengthening the lasting economic, social, and environmental vitality of downtown Nantucket, while preserving its unique character and spirit.

The full stories of our past projects and collaborations can be found at our ReMain Archives page.

Get To Know Our Work

ReMain Nantucket will release “trACK Nantucket”, a free phone app that offers a brand new way to discover and explore the island, in the Spring of 2017. TrACK sports 8 different routes that allow you to transform your bike ride into an insider’s tour. TrACK gives audio directions and alerts riders when they have reached a landmark or highlight along the way.

Many of our past projects have supported multimodal means of transit as a critical component in reducing our reliance on the fossil fuels. We are committed to helping people on Nantucket get around the Island in environmentally responsible ways ...Read more here

We are proud to announce that both our renovation of 56 Centre Street and of 22 Federal Street have been awarded Gold Certifications by the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Program. Our first major renovation in downtown Nantucket was Mitchell’s Book Corner at 54 Main Street and that project was awarded a LEED Silver Certification in 2010.

The majority of the commercial buildings in downtown Nantucket will need renovation to preserve them for their next 100 years. We seek to lead that effort by demonstrating renovations can be done with sustainability in mind...Read more here

 

In Massachusetts, 34 Cultural Districts have been designated statewide, and add value by encouraging collaboration and helping local arts and humanities organizations improve programming.

At the request of the Town of Nantucket, ReMain collaborated with the Town’s Visitors Services Department, the Nantucket Arts Council, and the Artists Association of Nantucket to research the parameters of the district designation, local infrastructure requirements, and future management options. A steering committee drawn from a cross-section of the downtown business and non-profit community was then assembled to map the district, compile an inventory of the core downtown cultural assets, ...Read more here

This year, ReMain Ventures completed a major renovation of the 22 Federal Street building to create a cafe in the lower level and spaces for interactive culinary classes, demonstrations, events, and associated dining on the upper levels. Declared surplus by the Town due to mold and asbestos hazards, under our ownership the facility is now LEED Gold Certified for its indoor environmental quality and energy efficient mechanical systems and appliances.

We are excited to have Greg and Joy Margolis open their businesses, The Corner Table Cafe and Nantucket Culinary Center, at 22 Federal. The Cafe provides...Read more here

We are dedicated to strengthening the lasting economic, social, and environmental vitality of downtown Nantucket, while preserving its unique character and spirit.

The full stories of our past projects and collaborations can be found at our ReMain Archives page.

Downtown Vitality

ReMain uses a combination of research and advocacy to strengthen the sustainability of the island’s downtown district. With these tools, ReMain helps to address the island’s seasonal challenges and works to keep downtown Nantucket a center of activity for the community year-round.

To better understand the nature of Nantucket’s downtown community, we have worked with various research groups such as the Urban Land Institute,  and hosted prominent speakers like Douglas Loescher from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Streets Program and Kate Levin, former Commissioner of New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs.

ReMain also understands the barrier to downtown activity created by traffic congestion in the summer, and has worked with Nelson|Nygaard to research ways to manage vehicles in the downtown during the high season and support the use of public transportation.

For more stories about ReMain Philanthropy’s own work in enhancing the downtown’s vitality, visit our Archives page.

ReMain is committed to supporting the evolution of a healthy year-round community that flourishes in its iconic downtown. By supporting resourceful thinking and expert research, we are building on the Island’s traditions of independence and innovation, adding expertise from a worldwide network. 

For stories about ReMain's work in enhancing the vitality of the downtown, visit the ReMain Archives page.

Community Strength

ReMain collaborates with our local government and nonprofits to identify and support  projects for assisting the year-round community, often relying on professional resources to bring to comprehensive thinking to the issues.

Strong local educational offerings are especially important to Nantucket’s residents, given the extra effort needed to travel off-island, and the presence of visiting students enhances our community. We, along with UMass Boston and Nantucket Community School conducted a study of islanders' needs in a report called "Learn without Leaving". We have also funded various educational programs by Island nonprofits, and worked with institutions like UMass Boston and Worcester Polytech Institute to support their students who study on the Island in the off-season.

To help residents and visitors get around without cars, ReMain collaborates with The WAVE, Natucket's regional transit system to improve the rider’s experience, by providing a downtown bus stop at its Greenhound property and helped initiate the TransLoc “Ride the WAVE” app which allows riders to track the location of their bus in real time. Efforts to expand the transit system to year-round service are ongoing.

Housing for the Island’s year-round and seasonal workforce is in critically short supply.  ReMain has provided grant funding to the Town to enable an Independent Housing Consultant to focus on public policy initiatives and developing funding sources to help alleviate the problem.

For the full stories on ReMain’s efforts to strengthen the Island community, visit our Archives page.

While others work to preserve Nantucket’s natural and built environments, we seek to strengthen the Island’s human resources and sense of a connected community. All of our work at ReMain is an  investment in the diverse people who call the island home for all or part of every year.

For stories about ReMain's efforts to strengthen the Nantucket Community, visit the ReMain Archives page.

Environmental Responsibility

ReMain seeks to promote the wiser use of natural resources in all of its operations, from simple office practices to major collaborations and investments.

We provided the funding for the Town’s initial efforts to monitor and encourage energy demand management on the Island, and for research about Nantucket Harbor’s water quality.

Our building at 10 Washington Street serves as both a transit station and an education center for environmental stewardship. From the beginning, ReMain has encouraged public transportation and biking to reduce pollution and dependence on individual automobile use, particularly during the busy summer season.

ReMain’s operations also encourage environmentally friendly practices by others. In its past non-profit event sponsorships, partners were required to adhere to the ReMain Sustainability Guidelines. While no longer sponsoring events, our non-profit support is now funded through the ReMain Nantucket Fund at The Community Foundation for Nantucket, and environmental stewardship is one of the grant-making criteria.

For more stories about ReMain’s environmentally responsible projects, visit our Archives page.

Just as Nantucket owes its very existence to the sea, the state of the natural environment is the foundation of our community. No economy is truly viable unless it is sustainable. Recognizing this, ReMain makes environmental responsibility its key operating principle.

For stories about ReMain's commitment to Environmental Responsibility, visit the ReMain Archives page.

Downtown Investments

After renovating buildings to reflect our commitment to the wiser use of energy and natural resources, we provide space for local businesses that serve as gathering places and for educational programing. Our ventures work to give more people more reasons to come downtown and encourages their suppport of surrounding businesses.

Here are the buildings:

  • Mitchell's Book Corner at 54 Main Street
  • Petticoat Row Bakery at 35 Centre Street
  • 56 Centre, housing Nantucket Community School and Nantucket Music Center
  • 22 Federal, home of the Nantucket Culinary Center and Corner Table Cafe 

All Ventures projects encourage the use of our local resources - ingredients, consumer products, and human capital - since money spent on Island multiplies when it remains on Island.

For more stories about ReMain Ventures’ downtown investments, visit the ReMain Archives page.

ReMain Ventures invests in buildings and businesses that work to strengthen the Island’s year-round economy. Its projects seek to spark for-profit innovation and dependable job creation in order to bring long term value to the island and its residents.

Gathering Places

Our buildings are open year-round and give Island residents and vistors a place to connect in the downtown. 

  • 22 Federal Street creates a platform for Nantucket Culinary Center's demonstrations and group cooking classes. In its lower level, The Corner Table Cafe is a welcoming space for people to meet.
  • Renovated for downtown education, 56 Centre provides rooms for the Nantucket Community School's and the Nantucket Music Center's classes, meetings and recitals.
  • Petticoat Row Bakery, a neighborhood staple, offers casual seating for both loyal customers and visitors. 
  • For decades, Mitchell's Book Corner has been an iconic gathering place. Now renovated to include a second-floor retail space, it can be used for book club meetings and informal community activities. 

For more stories about ReMain’s commitment to these important “third places” places and their contribution to the island community, visit our Archives page.

Our buildings are open year-round and give Island residents and vistors a place to connect in the downtown. 

  • 22 Federal Street creates a platform for Nantucket Culinary Center's demonstrations and group cooking classes. In its lower level, The Corner Table Cafe is a welcoming space for people to meet.
  • Renovated for downtown education, 56 Centre provides rooms for the Nantucket Community School's and the Nantucket Music Center's classes, meetings and recitals.
  • Petticoat Row Bakery, a neighborhood staple, offers casual seating for both loyal customers and visitors. 
  • For decades, Mitchell's Book Corner has been an iconic gathering place. Now renovated to include a second-floor retail space, it can be used for book club meetings and informal community activities. 

For more stories about ReMain’s commitment to these important “third places” places and their contribution to the island community, visit our Archives page.

Our buildings are open year-round and give Island residents and vistors a place to connect in the downtown. 

  • 22 Federal Street creates a platform for Nantucket Culinary Center's demonstrations and group cooking classes. In its lower level, The Corner Table Cafe is a welcoming space for people to meet.
  • Renovated for downtown education, 56 Centre provides rooms for the Nantucket Community School's and the Nantucket Music Center's classes, meetings and recitals.
  • Petticoat Row Bakery, a neighborhood staple, offers casual seating for both loyal customers and visitors. 
  • For decades, Mitchell's Book Corner has been an iconic gathering place. Now renovated to include a second-floor retail space, it can be used for book club meetings and informal community activities. 

For more stories about ReMain’s commitment to these important “third places” places and their contribution to the island community, visit our Archives page.

Our buildings are open year-round and give Island residents and vistors a place to connect in the downtown. 

  • 22 Federal Street creates a platform for Nantucket Culinary Center's demonstrations and group cooking classes. In its lower level, The Corner Table Cafe is a welcoming space for people to meet.
  • Renovated for downtown education, 56 Centre provides rooms for the Nantucket Community School's and the Nantucket Music Center's classes, meetings and recitals.
  • Petticoat Row Bakery, a neighborhood staple, offers casual seating for both loyal customers and visitors. 
  • For decades, Mitchell's Book Corner has been an iconic gathering place. Now renovated to include a second-floor retail space, it can be used for book club meetings and informal community activities. 

For more stories about ReMain’s commitment to these important “third places” places and their contribution to the island community, visit our Archives page.

Our buildings are open year-round and give Island residents and vistors a place to connect in the downtown. 

  • 22 Federal Street creates a platform for Nantucket Culinary Center's demonstrations and group cooking classes. In its lower level, The Corner Table Cafe is a welcoming space for people to meet.
  • Renovated for downtown education, 56 Centre provides rooms for the Nantucket Community School's and the Nantucket Music Center's classes, meetings and recitals.
  • Petticoat Row Bakery, a neighborhood staple, offers casual seating for both loyal customers and visitors. 
  • For decades, Mitchell's Book Corner has been an iconic gathering place. Now renovated to include a second-floor retail space, it can be used for book club meetings and informal community activities. 

For more stories about ReMain’s commitment to these important “third places” places and their contribution to the island community, visit our Archives page.

The social fabric of a community relies on places where people can get together to connect - these “third places” are anchors for social interactions that hold a community together. ReMain Ventures has provided both formal and informal gathering places for the Nantucket community in the downtown.

Green Renovations

The goals for ReMain Ventures’ renovation projects are environmental responsibility and historic preservation.

  • 54 Main Street was certified LEED Silver and won the Nantucket Preservation Trust's Preservation Award in 2009. By making decisions like using old horse hair plaster to repoint the interior of the brick walls, 96% of the original historic fabric was able to be preserved or reused.
  • 56 Centre Street has a geothermal system to regulate room temperature. Rainwater is captured for facility use, and sustainable products are featured throughout the interior. It was certified LEED Gold in 2016. 
  • 22 Federal Street, also certified LEED Gold, features locally sourced materials, Energy Star rated kitchen equipment, and hot water from a 93% thermally efficient boiler.

With these projects, ReMain Ventures seeks to lead the way in building renovation. In the process, we have shown how expert designs can achieve the highest distinctions in environmental stewardship while strictly conforming to historical preservation standards.

For the full stories of ReMain Ventures’ renovation projects, visit our Archives page.

Our projects work to preserve historic downtown buildings while improving their energy profile and performance. Just as ReMain Philanthropy invests in sustainable projects to enrich the community, ReMain Ventures develops innovative buildings that enhance the local economy and provide new opportunities to bring people together in town.

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