Betty Massey


Betty Massey

Betty Massey is executive director of the Mary Moody Northern Endowment, a private foundation in Galveston, Texas, that works in Virginia and Texas. Among her responsibilities are the operations of two historic properties, the 1895 Moody family home in Galveston and Mountain Lake Lodge, a historic resort near Blacksburg, Virginia. Prior to joining the Endowment in September 2000, Massey served 11 years as executive director of Galveston Historical Foundation.

Following the September 2008 landfall of Hurricane Ike, Massey, then chair of the Comprehensive Plan Committee for the City of Galveston, was appointed chair of the City’s Long-Term Recovery Committee, a 330 member citizen committee that developed Galveston’s “roadmap for recovery”.

At the same time, she led the effort to establish and served as the first chair of the Galveston County Recovery Fund, a coalition of four private foundations, two United Ways, the City of Galveston, and Galveston County, formed for the purpose of soliciting and distributing private charitable resources post- Ike.

Massey served as a member and chair of the Board of Commissioners of the Galveston Housing Authority from 2010 to 2012.

Over the past decade and a half she has served on and/or chaired the board of the following organizations:

  • The Galveston Chamber of Commerce
  • The Galveston Park Board of Trustees
  • The Galveston National Lab Community Committee
  • The Galveston United Way

She was a founder of Galveston ISD Education Foundation and is President of the newly formed Galveston Island Day School.

She also currently chairs the board of The Artist Boat, a private grass-roots land conservation and arts and science education organization. Massey serves on the Executive Committee of ArtSpace Projects, Inc., a national non-profit real estate developer of artist housing.

Massey is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. She enjoys running, reading, tennis, hiking, biking, and kayaking. Her immediate family includes three adult children and spouses, and two young grandsons.

Her interest in early childhood education stems from her work as teacher and director of Galveston’s East End Preschool, and, of course, her lifetime work as a mother of three and grandmother of two.