Former Outdoor Circle executive director Marti Townsend has been chosen to lead the Hawaii chapter of the environmental group the Sierra Club.

The Big Island Now reported that she was “voted unanimously by volunteer leaders within the club for the role.”

Townsend also previously served as Program Director and interim Executive Director for KAHEA: The Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance, where she advocated on many issues including protecting Mauna Kea from further development.

Here’s more from the Big Island Now article:

She has an impressive record,” said David Kimo Frankel, Chairperson of the Sierra Club’s Hawai’i Chapter. “She knows how to empower people so that they can effectively engage policymakers to protect Hawai’i’s resources.”

Townsend graduated from Moanalua High School and attended Boston University before returning to Hawai’i to receive a certificate in Environmental Law from the University of Hawai’i’s William S. Richardson School of Law in 2005.

“The Sierra Club is a force for good in the world,” Townsend said. “Club volunteers are fighting to uphold our right to clean energy and protect our special places throughout the islands, and I am honored to help support their efforts.”

Townsend follows former executive director Robert Harris who stepped down to run for the state House of Representatives. His bid was unsuccessful and he now works in the solar industry.

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