Save Mount Diablo welcomes new executive director

Former executive director retires after 4+ decades in nonprofit sector

Save Mount Diablo's new executive director, Ted Clement, has joined the organization, stepping into the role vacated by Ron Brown upon his retirement.

Clement started Nov. 1 at the Walnut Creek-based nonprofit organization, which is focused on environmental protection and preservation of Mount Diablo and surrounding areas.

"Ted Clement is the right leader at the right time. We couldn't be more delighted," Scott Hein, Save Mount Diablo board president, said in a statement last month. "Ted's stellar background in organizational leadership, land conservation law, environmental education, and his vision for the role that organizations like Save Mount Diablo can play in building and sustaining healthy communities is exactly what will keep Save Mount Diablo an environmental force in the East Bay."

Clement comes to the organization after working as executive director of the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust since 2013. He also worked as the Aquidneck Land Trust in Rhode Island as executive director, graduated from Vermont Law School and served as a two-year Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand.

Brown retired after 15 years at Save Mount Diablo. His career in nonprofit work spanned more than 42 years, according to the organization.

"I am proud of our accomplishments in expanding the footprint of protected lands and the policies that we have helped to craft that redefine the types of sustainable communities that future generations of Contra Costa residents will live in," Brown said in a statement.

During Brown's time at Save Mount Diablo, the nonprofit raised more than $25 million for land conservation and assisted in promoting legislative measures, such as East Bay Regional Park District Measures WW -- which approved a bond extension to fund the purchase of land by cities and special park districts for community park projects -- and the East Contra Costa county Habitat Conservation Plan / Natural Community Conservation Plan -- which provided a frameworks for environmental protection in eastern Contra Costa County, according to the organization.

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