Commissioners

Composition of the Commission

The Martha's Vineyard Commission is made up of 21 Commissioners elected by Vineyarders or appointed by elected officials, of whom 17 are eligible to vote on regulatory matters.

  • 9 are elected by Vineyard voters in Island-wide elections held every two years,
  • 6 are appointed on an annual basis by the Boards of Selectmen of the Towns on Martha's Vineyard,
  • 1 is appointed on an annual basis by the Dukes County Commission,
  • 5 are appointed by the Governor or member of the cabinet, four of whom do not vote on DRIs or DCPCs.

Officers are elected on an annual basis each December by the full Commission. The officers are the Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and Clerk-Treasurer.

If you are interested in becoming a Commissioner, you can either run in the Island-wide elections held every two years, or you could be appointed by a town, the county or the Governor or a member of his cabinet. For further information, please contact the Commission Administrator.

Current Commissioners

Jeffrey Agnoli

Edgartown - Elected member at large. Commissioner since 2021.

 

  

Clarence (Trip) Barnes 

Tisbury - Elected member at large. Commissioner since 2013.

Trip is owner of Barnes Moving and Storage, the first president of the Vineyard House, and is a well-known auctioneer for a variety of Island causes.
 

 

Trip Barnes

Christina Brown

Edgartown - Elected member at large. Commissioner since 1997.

Christina is retired from being the Assistant to the Edgartown Planning Board for many years. She is a former MVC Chairman.

 

Christine Brown

Josh Goldstein

Tisbury - Appointed by the Board of Selectmen. Commissioner since 2013.

A native Vineyarder, Josh left his hotel development position in Florida and returned to Martha’s Vineyard where he works in his family owned inn, Mansion House. After attending MVRHS, Josh majored in Political Science with a concentration in Environmental Studies.

 

Josh Goldstein

 

Jay Grossman

Chilmark - Elected member at large. Commissioner since 2021.

Jay has been a seasonal Island resident for more than 20 years and year round resident of Chilmark since 2015. He is President of PuckAgency, a sports management company specializing in the representation of NHL players.

 

     

Fred J. Hancock

Oak Bluffs - Elected member at large. Commissioner since 2010.

Fred is self-employed as a technical director for corporate meetings.

 

Fred Hancock

Michael Kim

Governor's Appointee

 

 

  

Joan Malkin

Current Chair of the MVC

Chilmark - Appointed by the Board of Selectmen. Commissioner since 2013.

Joan has been a year-round resident of Chilmark since 2010 and before that was a seasonal resident for over 30 years. A retired attorney, she is on the Chilmark Conservation Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals.

 

Joan Malkin

Katherine Newman

Aquinnah - Appointed by the Board of Selectmen. Commissioner since 2000.

Kathy is a retired psychologist who has been living in Aquinnah since 2000. She is on the Conservation Commission and heads the Personnel Committee in Aquinnah.

 

Kathy Newman

Brian Packish

Oak Bluffs - Appointed by the Board of Selectmen. Commissioner since 2021.

 

Ben Robinson

Tisbury - Elected member at large. Commissioner since 2016.

Ben is a member of the Tisbury Planning Board and is a graduate of the Syracuse School of Artchitecture. Being born and raised on the Vineyard, he feels that civic participation by residents is vital to the strength of the community.

 

 

Ted Rosbeck

Edgartown - Appointed by the Board of Selectmen. Commissioner since 2021.

 

Doug Sederholm

Current Chair of the Land Use Planning Committee

West Tisbury - Elected member at large. Commissioner since 2003.

Doug is an attorney. He served on the Chilmark Finance Advisory Committee and is a former MVC Chairman, most recently from 2019-2020.

 

Douglas Sederholm

Linda Sibley

West Tisbury - Elected member at large. Commissioner since 1992.

Linda was the owner of the Vineyard Electronics. She is the longest-serving member of the MVC and a former MVC Chairman.

 

Linda Sibley

Ernie Thomas

Current Clerk-Treasurer of the MVC

West Tisbury - Appointed by the Board of Selectmen. Commissioner since 2015.

Ernie Thomas has worked in production control and planning, and is currently doing appliance repairs. He served on the Gay Head Fire Department and Dukes County Search and Rescue. 

 

Ernie Thomas

Christine Todd

Appointed by the Dukes County Commission; MVC Commissioner since 2019.

Christine has served as a Dukes County Commissioner since 2014. Her local advocacies include the Dukes County Health Council, Oak Bluffs Association, Real Estate sales, Oak Bluffs Downtown Streetscape Masterplan, among many other volunteer positions. She has lived on Martha's Vineyard since 2000.

 

Jim Vercruysse

Current Vice-Chair of the MVC

Aquinnah - Elected member at large. Commissioner since 2014.

Jim works at South Mountain Company.

 

Jim Vercruysse

 

Group photograph of Commissioners and portrait of Jeffrey Agnoli by Mark Lovewell, courtesy of the Vineyard Gazette. Portraits of Trip Barnes, Josh Goldstein, and Jim Vercruysse appear courtesy of the photographer, Ivy Ashe, and the Vineyard Gazette. Portrait of Brian Packish courtesy of Gabrille Mannino, MV Times. Copyright Vineyard Gazette/MV Times, all rights reserved.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Stone Building
33 New York Avenue
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557

Telephone: 508-693-3453
Fax: 508-693-7894

Mailing Address

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P.O. Box 1447
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557

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