CT Audubon names new president

Aug 28th, 2013 | By | Category: Birding, Featured Story

Alexander R. Brash, a longtime conservation leader and Connecticut resident with an extensive record of success managing non-profits and government agencies, has been named president of Connecticut Audubon Society.

A skillful birder who is as comfortable scoping seabirds as he is in a meeting room, Brash will take on the task of continuing and expanding Connecticut Audubon Society’s many recent successes, including the delivery of first-rate educational programs, conservation-focused advocacy campaigns, and the sustainable management of its preserves, the organization announced.

Brash will start as president of Connecticut Audubon Society on September 9, taking over for Robert Martinez, who retired in late August after a decade as president of the organization.

Brash comes to CAS from his previous position as senior director for the northeast region of the National Parks Conservation Association, a non-profit that works to protect and support America’s national parks, where he had been since 2004. During his tenure there, he opened the Northeast Regional office, built a strong and diverse team, developed an impressive array of programs, and helped raise more than $40 million for the organization.

Alex Brash, Connecticut Audubon Society’s new president, with one of the Barn Owls the organization uses for education programs. (Photo © Connecticut Audubon Society)

Alex Brash, Connecticut Audubon Society’s new president, with one of the Barn Owls the organization uses for education programs. (Photo © Connecticut Audubon Society)

Previously he held positions with the New York City Department of Park and Recreation, including as its chief ranger and head of its Natural Resources Group.

A resident of Connecticut for much of his life, Brash has lived in nearly each corner of the state, and now resides in Riverside.

Founded in 1898, Connecticut Audubon Society is the state’s leading independent conservation organization. Brash will oversee a staff of 30.

With state headquarters in Fairfield, CAS operates five centers (Pomfret, Glastonbury, Fairfield, Milford Point and Birdcraft Museum in Fairfield); has an EcoTravel program based in Essex; and is overseeing a coastal habitat restoration project at Stratford Point.

The organization owns 19 sanctuaries, encompassing 2,600 acres, including Trail Wood in Hampton, the former home of the Pulitzer prize-winning writer-naturalist Edwin Way Teale.

To read the complete news release, visit www.ctaudubon.org.

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