By Patch Editor Leslie Yager
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, according to a release from Audubon's Steve Andersen. Audubon delivers first-rate educational programs, conservation-focused advocacy campaigns, and the sustainable management of its preserves.
The Audubon Society issues a "State of the Birds" report annually. The report is comprehensive and addresses threats to birds, like window strikes, cat predation, deer over-browsing, and invasive plants and animals kill billions of birds in the US each year.
Brash will start as president of Connecticut Audubon Society on September 9th, taking over for Robert Martinez, who retired this month 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.
Previously he held positions with the New York City Department of Parks 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 the Riverside section of Greenwich.
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.