Edward “Ted” Clement Jr., Esq.
Ted has been studying and working in the conservation field for over 25 years. He was an environmental studies major at the University of Vermont where he received his Bachelor of Science degree. Ted later received his Juris Doctor degree from Vermont Law School where he focused on land conservation law. He is a licensed attorney in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. After graduating from the University of Vermont, Ted was an instructor and environmental educator for the Outward Bound School in Maine over a 3-year period. He then served as a Peace Corps national park volunteer in Thailand for over 2 years at Ramkhamhaeng National Park doing primarily environmental education and solar energy work. After completing his Peace Corps service, Ted worked in the stewardship and legal departments at Vermont Land Trust while at Vermont Law School. After receiving his Juris Doctor degree, Ted began working for the Aquidneck Land Trust in Rhode Island. He served as the Land Protection Director for 5 years and then as the Executive Director for 7 years before coming to the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust. Ted has served on the Boards of various environmental non-profit organizations, and he has also received a number of awards and a Center for Whole Communities fellowship for his conservation work. He is passionate about his family, time outdoors (running, soccer, hiking, skateboarding, etc.) and working with others to create lasting public good by protecting, and connecting people to, the land which sustains us.
Director of Conservation
Scott grew up in Kula, and at age 17 enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After his discharge, he studied at Colorado State University. Scott’s graduate work includes an M.A. in peace studies with a concentration in native Hawaiian strategies of peacemaking and reconciliation. His Ph.D. explored the dynamics of post-conflict recovery in a civil war on the island of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, with a particular emphasis on how communities make wise decisions about conflicts over natural resources. Since 2003 Scott has worked for the Maui Coastal Land Trust, first as a project manager at the land trust’s 277-acre Waihe‘e Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Refuge and, since January of 2011, as the Director of Conservation for the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust. In this capacity he has led all aspects of the ecological restoration work conducted by the Land Trust. Since 2005 he has served on the Maui/Lana‘i Island Burial Council and, more recently, as a board member of the Hawai‘i Wetlands Joint Venture, Public Access Trails Hawai‘i, and the Friends of Midway Atoll. Scott enjoys teaching people about cultural and natural history of Hawai‘i and pounding poi with his kids on the weekend.
Assistant Director of Development
Monica grew up in the Southeast Alaska town of Juneau. It was in this temperate rainforest her love of the land was born. In 2006, Monica made the decision to move Maui. Monica quickly found a position in land conservation and her interest in nature flourished. Now as part of the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust team she is excited to continue her journey. She recently completed her Certificate in Nonprofit Management at UH Maui and was accepted as a 2012 Ka Ipu Kukui Fellow. She thoroughly enjoys all the magical moments with her children, photography, cooking and CrossFit.
During her time as Executive Director of the Kaua‘i Public Land Trust Jennifer Luck oversaw the successful acquisition of two conservation easements on the island’s north shore and expansion of the very popular Black Pot Beach Park in Hanalei. Prior to that she served as Executive Director of a professional organization in southern California. As HILT’s Kaua‘i Island Director, Jennifer is focused on completing several projects across the island and increasing Kaua‘i’s overall conservation acres.
Born and raised on Maui, James is rooted in the islands. That connection continues to grow stronger as he works to restore natural systems endemic to Hawai‘i and takes pride in the renewed life that has been given to the land.
For Janet, conservation has been a lifelong career. She was born and raised in Riverton, Wyoming and graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She worked for the Fish & Wildlife Service’s Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, MD as a raptor biologist until 1984, when she met and married her husband Tim. After moving back to Riverton, she worked for Central Wyoming College as the assistant director of admissions, and then found her true calling in 1992 while working for the newly formed Wyoming Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. She worked there for nearly twenty years, most recently as the Coordinator of Conservation Projects. Passionate about caring for wildlife and the lands they depend on, Janet holds federal and state rehabilitation permits to care for injured wildlife. Janet admires the Hawaiian love and respect for the land and hopes to make a difference to the conservation of her newly adopted state.
Kuʻulei’s genealogical connection to the land, as a Hawaiian, serves as her motivation to protect Hawai‘i’s resources and natural beauty. By obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in History with a specialization in Hawaiian History and a minor in Hawaiian Studies, she has gained knowledge to help in that endeavor. She hopes to pass on her knowledge and love of the ʻāina to her daughter as well as others to preserve Hawai‘i for future generations.