5 Things About HILT’s New Executive Director:
Join us in welcoming Edward “Ted” Clement to Hawaiian Islands Land Trust as the new executive director. He joins us from a long and successful leadership at Rhode Island’s Aquidneck Land Trust. Ted, his wife, and children recently moved to Wailuku, Maui, where HILT is headquartered. His official first day is next Monday, January 14, but get to know Ted a little here:
1. Early life memories: being in nature with his family.
Growing up in Vermont, he and his family spent a lot of time in the mountains, forests and farms there. Later, an influential high school teacher encouraged Ted to turn his love for nature into a career. He studied environmental science in college, taught at Outward Bound, and later joined the Peace Corp where he was stationed at a national park in Thailand. Upon his return to the States, Ted completed his juris doctor degree, with a focus on land conservation law, and began his work with land trusts. To this day, Ted still loves being in nature with his family. Here they are at the summit of Haleakala this past New Year’s Day.
2. First order of business: Listening.
“I plan to spend time with each member of the staff and board individually, as well as stakeholders, to hear their stories. By respectfully listening to each person, the nexus points—strengths, weaknesses, next-steps, priorities—begin to come clear.”
3. Newest favorite thing: Running up ‘Iao Valley
A one-time marathoner, Ted quickly discovered that a run up into ‘Iao Valley to be nourishing and a great place to clear his mind. In just over a week on island, he’s done the run multiple times!
4. Most proud of: Building relationships
When asked for a proudest moment from his career at Aquidneck Land Trust, Ted replied without hesitation, “the relationships we formed and the lasting good we created.” In fact, many were sad to see him go; farmers, landowners, government officials, donors and community members all gathered to bid him fond farewell.
5. Three priorities in settling-in to his new life:
- – Finding a soccer league to join (and one for his kids, too)
- – Looking for volunteer opportunities in the community
- – Helping his wife build a new backyard garden