Townsend named director of Outdoor Circle

HONOLULU — Longtime environmental advocate and community organizer Martha Townsend has been chosen to lead The Outdoor Circle, considered Hawai‘i’s oldest environmental organization. She will oversee operations for 10 branches across all counties of Hawai‘i.

“Marti was selected from a large group of applicants,” said Joel Kurokawa, President of the Board of Directors. “Her legal background and unique skills make her the perfect choice to lead our organization into its next 100 years.”

Best known for its work to prohibit billboards in the islands, The Outdoor Circle is focused on perpetuating trees and open space. It works to protect the islands from inappropriate advertising and signage and preserving view planes.

The Board of Directors made its selection from a search performed by Bishop & Company.

Townsend is a graduate of the William S. Richardson School of Law, where she specialized in environmental law. The Honolulu attorney was formerly acting Executive Director at KAHEA: The Hawaiian Environmental Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting Hawai‘i’s natural and cultural resources.

Founded in 1912 The Outdoor Circle’s mission is to keep Hawai‘i clean, green and beautiful for future generations.

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