President Obama’s State of the Union address in January lasted an hour, but a few quick seconds of it could fundamentally transform the world and work of David Haussler ’75.
Alex Brash ’81 was recently named president of the Connecticut Audubon Society. He previously served as senior director for the Northeast Region of the National Parks Conservation Association, a post he held since 2004.
“I’m honored to lead this organization and engage in a position that brings together my Connecticut roots, passion for birds and my experience in conservation management,” said Brash in a statement. “I look forward to new challenges and the opportunity to help the organization grow to the next level.”
Brash, a long-time conservation leader with experience in nonprofits and working with government agencies, will lead the organization as it expands its three-pronged approach — education, conservation and advocacy — to preserving Connecticut’s birds and their habitats.
Brash earned a degree in zoology at Connecticut College and went on to earn a master’s of forest science from Yale University. He has served as chief ranger and head of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation Natural Resources Group, and has previously worked at the World Wildlife Fund and the Nature Conservancy. As senior director of the regional NPCA, he helped open a regional office, develop a variety of programs and was part of an effort that raised $40 million for the organization.
In 2003, Brash was the recipient of the Goodwin-Niering Center’s Alumni Environment Achievement Award, which recognizes and celebrates Connecticut College graduates who have gone on to make significant contributions in a wide variety of fields.
Brash is a lifelong resident of Connecticut and currently resides in the town of Riverside.
- By Patricia Guay ’15
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