MOUNT DESERT, Maine –Joanne Harris, President of Island Housing Trust’s Board of Directors, has announced the election of former State Rep. Ted Koffman of Bar Harbor and former Friends of Acadia President Marla O’Byrne of Southwest Harbor to IHT’s Board of Directors. Both have served previously on the IHT Board and both served terms as president of the organization’s Board of Directors.
Prior to joining Maine Audubon as executive director in 2009, Koffman worked at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor for 30 years. There he established the Eco-Eco Policy Forum that hosted statewide meetings aimed at improving relationships between business interests and environmental organizations. Eco-Eco focused the relationship of economics and ecology in Maine’s future. The Forum sponsored the Maine Environmental Priorities Project (four year environmental risk evaluation and mitigation study); worked on growth management and workforce housing policy; and explored a tax reform package with a bi-partisan group. In 2000, Koffman was elected to the House of Representatives where he chaired the Joint Committee on Natural Resources. In his last term, Koffman sponsored successful legislation to reform Maine’s historic tax credit statute in order to effectively encourage investment in adaptive commercial re-use of historic buildings. As a result of this reform, championed by a diverse coalition of developers and architects and smart growth and affordable workforce housing interests, more than $250 million has been invested in restoration projects statewide during an economic downturn. He is a candidate for the District 7 Maine State Senate seat.
O’Byrne joined Maine Farmland Trust as senior vice president in 2013. She has more than twenty-five years of experience working with conservation non-profits in the state of Maine. In 1986, she began working with Maine Coast Heritage Trust in development and finance. She then worked with Friends of Acadia for sixteen years, the last five as president and CEO, managing projects and building partnerships at the local and national level for the stewardship and protection of Acadia National Park. She has also worked as a consultant to non-profit organizations, focusing on fundraising, strategic planning, and organizational development.
“We are delighted that Marla and Ted have agreed to once again serve on the IHT Board,” said Harris. “They are very experienced non-profit professionals who bring much knowledge and many talents to IHT’s Board. Their commitment to community on Mount Desert Island is second to none and their support of our mission is as strong as ever.”
Island Housing Trust promotes viable, year-round island communities by providing homeownership opportunities that are affordable to year-round working individuals and families. To learn more about IHT, visit: www.islandhousingtrust.org.