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 a philanthropist and investor who has spent the past 14 years creating innovative non-profit organizations to address challenges facing communities around the world, working for clean, renewable energy, healthy food systems, healthy oceans and the protection of human rights. The critical interconnections between human activity, the land we live on and the ocean we depend upon are the central drivers of Wendy’s philanthropic work.

Wendy is president of The Schmidt Family Foundation, which she co-founded with her husband Eric in 2006. She leads the foundation’s two grant-making and investment programs—The 11th Hour Project, which works to create a just world where all people have access to renewable energy, clean air and water and healthy food, and Schmidt Marine Technology Partners, which invests in the development of promising technologies that solve complex ocean health issues and have strong commercialization potential.

Wendy and Eric also co-founded Schmidt Ocean Institute in 2009 to advance oceanographic research through the development of innovative technologies, open sharing of information and broad communication about ocean health. The institute operates Falkor—the only year-round, seagoing philanthropic research vessel in the world—and a 4500m remotely operated underwater robotic vehicle, SuBastian. Both are made available to the international science community at no cost.

A competitive sailor, Wendy has extended her oceans-focused work to the sporting world through 11th Hour Racing, an organization she co-founded in 2010 to work with the sailing community and maritime industry to advance solutions and sustainability practices that protect and restore the health of the Ocean. Wendy also founded ReMain Nantucket and ReMain Ventures, two charitable and entrepreneurial organizations that support the economic, social and environmental vitality of downtown Nantucket.

In 2017, Wendy and Eric co-founded Schmidt Futures, a philanthropic initiative that finds exceptional people and helps them do more for others together while promoting innovative approaches to problem solving across disciplines.

In the fall of 2019, Wendy and Eric announced a $1 billion philanthropic commitment for their organizations and initiatives to identify and support talent across disciplines and around the world to serve others and work to solve the world’s most pressing problems. 

Wendy Schmidt is a philanthropist and investor who has spent the past 14 years creating innovative non-profit organizations to address challenges facing communities around the world, working for clean, renewable energy, healthy food systems, healthy oceans and the protection of human rights. The critical interconnections between human activity, the land we live on and the ocean we depend upon are the central drivers of Wendy’s philanthropic work.

Wendy is president of The Schmidt Family Foundation, which she co-founded with her husband Eric in 2006. She leads the foundation’s two grant-making and investment programs—The 11th Hour Project, which works to create a just world where all people have access to renewable energy, clean air and water and healthy food, and Schmidt Marine Technology Partners, which invests in the development of promising technologies that solve complex ocean health issues and have strong commercialization potential.

Wendy and Eric also co-founded Schmidt Ocean Institute in 2009 to advance oceanographic research through the development of innovative technologies, open sharing of information and broad communication about ocean health. The institute operates Falkor—the only year-round, seagoing philanthropic research vessel in the world—and a 4500m remotely operated underwater robotic vehicle, SuBastian. Both are made available to the international science community at no cost.

A competitive sailor, Wendy has extended her oceans-focused work to the sporting world through 11th Hour Racing, an organization she co-founded in 2010 to work with the sailing community and maritime industry to advance solutions and sustainability practices that protect and restore the health of the Ocean. Wendy also founded ReMain Nantucket and ReMain Ventures, two charitable and entrepreneurial organizations that support the economic, social and environmental vitality of downtown Nantucket.

In 2017, Wendy and Eric co-founded Schmidt Futures, a philanthropic initiative that finds exceptional people and helps them do more for others together while promoting innovative approaches to problem solving across disciplines.

In the fall of 2019, Wendy and Eric announced a $1 billion philanthropic commitment for their organizations and initiatives to identify and support talent across disciplines and around the world to serve others and work to solve the world’s most pressing problems. 

Cecil Barron Jensen moved to Nantucket with her husband in 1996 seeking a small, tightknit community in which to raise their three daughters. In the years since, Cecil worked at the Nantucket Historical Association and Nantucket New School, and, most recently, served as the Executive Director of the Artists Association of Nantucket. Cecil became the Executive Director of ReMain Nantucket and ReMain Ventures in 2018.

In addition to her experience in leading dynamic organizations to achieve strategic goals, Cecil has a deep understanding of how cultural organizations contribute to the vitality of downtown Nantucket and the enthusiasm to drive ReMain’s mission forward into the future. A past board member of several Nantucket nonprofits, Cecil has recently been appointed to be a member of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Cecil Barron Jensen moved to Nantucket with her husband in 1996 seeking a small, tightknit community in which to raise their three daughters. In the years since, Cecil worked at the Nantucket Historical Association and Nantucket New School, and, most recently, served as the Executive Director of the Artists Association of Nantucket. Cecil became the Executive Director of ReMain Nantucket and ReMain Ventures in 2018.

In addition to her experience in leading dynamic organizations to achieve strategic goals, Cecil has a deep understanding of how cultural organizations contribute to the vitality of downtown Nantucket and the enthusiasm to drive ReMain’s mission forward into the future. A past board member of several Nantucket nonprofits, Cecil has recently been appointed to be a member of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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.

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.

A frequent visitor to Nantucket since 1989, Virna Gonzalez received her B.F.A. from St. John's University. From there, she began her New York City graphic design career in areas of television, software manufacturing, book publishing, and promotional advertising before running her own design firm for several years. Upon moving to the Island in 2002, Virna brought her business, accounting, and graphic design skills to a local real estate firm.

In 2008, Virna joined the ReMain team. As Program and Marketing 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 Advisory for the Nantucket Cultural District and as Member of the Maria Mitchell Association Special Event Committee. 

A frequent visitor to Nantucket since 1989, Virna Gonzalez received her B.F.A. from St. John's University. From there, she began her New York City graphic design career in areas of television, software manufacturing, book publishing, and promotional advertising before running her own design firm for several years. Upon moving to the Island in 2002, Virna brought her business, accounting, and graphic design skills to a local real estate firm.

In 2008, Virna joined the ReMain team. As Program and Marketing 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 Advisory for the Nantucket Cultural District and as Member of the Maria Mitchell Association Special Event Committee. 

Contact

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@remainventures.com

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@remainventures.com

Get To Know Our Work

ReMain Nantucket released “trACK Nantucket”, a phone app that offers a brand new way to learn about the island. 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.

In 2018, a walking tour of the downtown will be added.

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

ReMain Nantucket released “trACK Nantucket”, a phone app that offers a brand new way to learn about the island. 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.

In 2018, a walking tour of the downtown will be added.

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

ReMain is working to increase public awareness about the impact of single-use plastics on our landfill and our harbor. In collaboration with the Inquirer & Mirror’s “Make a Difference” campaign focusing on plastics pollution, the Town’s “Stop the Straw” initiative, Maria Mitchell Association and the Dreamland Foundation, we sponsored the screening of Plastic Ocean and Straws, distributing reusable straws to those who attended the latter.  We are also sponsoring the creation of an episode of the locally produced Out to See children’s television program featuring a tour of the Island’s composting and material recovery facilities.

ReMain is working to increase public awareness about the impact of single-use plastics on our landfill and our harbor. In collaboration with the Inquirer & Mirror’s “Make a Difference” campaign focusing on plastics pollution, the Town’s “Stop the Straw” initiative, Maria Mitchell Association and the Dreamland Foundation, we sponsored the screening of Plastic Ocean and Straws, distributing reusable straws to those who attended the latter.  We are also sponsoring the creation of an episode of the locally produced Out to See children’s television program featuring a tour of the Island’s composting and material recovery facilities.

In April of 2018, ReMain Nantucket helped celebrate the launch of year-round public transportation at our Greenhound Building, where we have hosted the Island’s seasonal bus service for the past 10 years. In addition to helping re-brand the system and initiating an app that provides real time bus tracking for riders, ReMain has supported the regional transit authority’s research into the feasibility of year-round service and advocated for the system’s expansion. At long last, year-round service has been implemented, providing a reliable alternative to driving a car and critical access to necessary services for those without vehicles in the off-season months.

In April of 2018, ReMain Nantucket helped celebrate the launch of year-round public transportation at our Greenhound Building, where we have hosted the Island’s seasonal bus service for the past 10 years. In addition to helping re-brand the system and initiating an app that provides real time bus tracking for riders, ReMain has supported the regional transit authority’s research into the feasibility of year-round service and advocated for the system’s expansion. At long last, year-round service has been implemented, providing a reliable alternative to driving a car and critical access to necessary services for those without vehicles in the off-season months.

We are proud that in 2016 both our renovation of 56 Centre Street and of 22 Federal Street were 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

 

We are proud that in 2016 both our renovation of 56 Centre Street and of 22 Federal Street were 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

 

Downtown Investments

In addition to the long-term partnerships with our tenants, ReMain Ventures has paired up with the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce to offer business-to-business educational opportunities, mentorship, marketing, and succession planning. The Chamber and ReMain Ventures have also launched the Nantucket Island Center for Entrepreneurship (NICE). In its efforts to support new and emerging entrepreneurs, NICE is building a wide community of mentors who encourage new ideas and opportunities for professionals of all ages.  

ReMain Ventures also periodically sponsors and activities that support our overall mission to bring economic, environmental, and cultural vitality to the downtown.

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

In addition to the long-term partnerships with our tenants, ReMain Ventures has paired up with the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce to offer business-to-business educational opportunities, mentorship, marketing, and succession planning. The Chamber and ReMain Ventures have also launched the Nantucket Island Center for Entrepreneurship (NICE). In its efforts to support new and emerging entrepreneurs, NICE is building a wide community of mentors who encourage new ideas and opportunities for professionals of all ages.  

ReMain Ventures also periodically sponsors and activities that support our overall mission to bring economic, environmental, and cultural vitality to the downtown.

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

Gathering Places

    Our buildings are open year-round and give Island residents and visitors a place to connect in the downtown. 
  • Born & Bread: Mercantile and Bakery is the newest tenant at 35 Centre Street. While their freshly made bread is the star, they also offer baked goods, sandwiches, and a curated collection of eco-friendly cooking and kitchen supplies as well as local artisanal treats.

  • 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 for coffee and freshly-made meals.

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 visitors a place to connect in the downtown. 
  • Born & Bread: Mercantile and Bakery is the newest tenant at 35 Centre Street. While their freshly made bread is the star, they also offer baked goods, sandwiches, and a curated collection of eco-friendly cooking and kitchen supplies as well as local artisanal treats.

  • 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 for coffee and freshly-made meals.

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 visitors a place to connect in the downtown.

Born & Bread: Mercantile and Bakery is the newest tenant at 35 Centre Street. While their freshly made bread is the star, they also offer baked goods, sandwiches, and a curated collection of eco-friendly cooking and kitchen supplies as well as local artisanal treats.

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 for coffee and freshly-made meals.

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 visitors a place to connect in the downtown.

Born & Bread: Mercantile and Bakery is the newest tenant at 35 Centre Street. While their freshly made bread is the star, they also offer baked goods, sandwiches, and a curated collection of eco-friendly cooking and kitchen supplies as well as local artisanal treats.

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 for coffee and freshly-made meals.

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

Green Renovations

The goals for ReMain’s 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 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.

ReMain’s Sustainability Guidelines are a great tool for business owners wishing to lighten their environmental impact. Required practices at all of our buildings and recommended to all of our partners and grantees, the Guidelines offer tips and best practices for many business and commercial activities.

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

The goals for ReMain’s 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 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.

ReMain’s Sustainability Guidelines are a great tool for business owners wishing to lighten their environmental impact. Required practices at all of our buildings and recommended to all of our partners and grantees, the Guidelines offer tips and best practices for many business and commercial activities.

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

Welcome


For information and stories about ReMain’s philanthropic work, please visit ReMainNantucket.org.


For information and stories about ReMain’s philanthropic work, please visit 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 ventures projects and collaborations can be found at our Ventures Archives page.

L