On today’s online edition of the Waterville Morning Sentinel, I saw the link text “Former Lawmaker Takes Over at Audubon,” and I *knew* it would be Ted Koffman. Just knew it. Had to be.
Former state Rep. Ted Koffman, a Bar Harbor Democrat, has been named executive director of Maine Audubon, according to a news release from the group.
The group conducted a six-month national search to fill the position.
Koffman served eight years in the Maine House of Representatives. For six of those years, he was House chair of the Natural Resources Committee. During that period, the committee achieved a 95-percent record of unanimous decisions on bills concerning Maine’s wildlife and environment. Several policy successes have become national models.
It was my good fortune to meet and to work with Ted Koffman in the 1990s stemming from my having been appointed to the Maine Environmental Priorities Project by then Gov. Angus King.
Ted is such a remarkable individual; he makes the matter of moving things forward in the realm of the environment look easy. Of course, it’s anything but.
I suppose things appear, and become, less difficult when you approach the world from a place of unwavering compassion as I appreciatively recall to be Ted’s default setting.
So, a shout-out, from California, to Maine Audubon. Way to go! You chose wisely.