Resident named president of state’s Audubon Society

Nature lover and long-time conservationist Alexander Brash, a Riverside resident, was recently named president of the Connecticut Audubon Society (CAS), owing to his extensive record of success managing non-profits and government agencies.

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

Ralph Wood, chairman of Connecticut Audubon Society’s Board of Directors, said Mr. Brash comes to the organization with extensive regional experience and first-hand knowledge of Connecticut and its issues.

“The board was unanimously enthusiastic about Alex,” said Mr. Wood. “We are counting on him to lead and guide our organization to even more achievements in our conservation, education, advocacy and EcoTravel programs, and to help our centers and sanctuaries retain their status and popularity among our members and visitors.”

Mr. Brash will lead the organization as it expands its three-pronged approach to conserving Connecticut’s birds and their habitats, focusing on education, conservation and advocacy.

“I am honored to be asked to lead Connecticut Audubon Society, an organization long known for its sanctuaries and its great work in environmental education,” Mr. Brash said. “I particularly look forward to working with its members, friends and its regional boards to advance a progressive environmental agenda for the benefit of the state and its people.”

Prior to coming to the CAS, Mr. Brash was at the National Parks Conservation Association, where he led the effort to re-envision Gateway National Recreation Area, and fought to protect Cape Cod, Minuteman, Acadia and numerous other parks from threats. Before joining NPCA in 2004, Mr. Brash served as the chief of the Urban Park Service, including the Natural Resources Group, in New York City’s Parks Department, and prior to that he was the director of management planning.

In these capacities he allocated the agency’s $350 million budget, led a 500+ person uniformed division, directed hundreds of special events and managed the agency’s environmental agenda.

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