“I look forward to returning to Maui Tomorrow to build upon the impressive accomplishments of Irene Bowie and our Board of Directors,” Perez said in a May 28 news release. “The quality of our environment and our quality of life are closely related. Maui Tomorrow will continue to play a key role in advocating for the protection of both.”
According to the news release, Perez is a Hawaii native. His LinkedIn page states that he currently works as a renewable energy analyst for Good Energy Hawaii in Honolulu.
He earned a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Hawaii’s Manoa campus. He’s also worked at the State of Hawaii Office of Coastal Zone Management, the Washington State Department of Transportation and the County of Maui. In the past he’s volunteered for or served on the board of the environmental advocacy groups Sierra Club Hawaii, Wilderness Society and Life of the Land. From 1989 to 1992, Perez also served as a co-director for Maui Tomorrow itself.
“We are very pleased to announce this appointment,” said Judith Michaels, President of the Maui Tomorrow Board of Directors, in the news release. “Albert will bring leadership and creativity, as well as a sense of history, to Maui Tomorrow’s programs. He has a breadth of perspective and experience in the government, private and non-profit sectors, and has a demonstrated commitment to protecting the ʻaina.”
Maui Tomorrow has played an advocacy role in a number of environmental and energy issues through the last two decades, including the restoration of island stream flows, the proposed Hawaii Superferry and cane burning by Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar. Click here for info on Maui Tomorrow’s free CleanAirMaui smartphone app for reporting excessive cane smoke and ash.
Photo of Iao Stream: Forest & Kim Starr/Wikimedia Commons