MacDonald elected to national post



WASHINGTON, D.C. — David MacDonald of Mount Desert, who serves as president and CEO of Friends of Acadia, has been elected to serve as the volunteer president of the National Park Friends Alliance.

Operating under the umbrella of the National Park Foundation, the Friends Alliance is an informal association of non-profit organizations dedicated to the support of national parks.

MacDonald became president at the Friends Alliance meeting earlier this spring in Washington, D.C.

“The Friends Alliance is an invaluable community of peers that has benefited Friends of Acadia’s work greatly as our staff and board have participated often over the years,” said MacDonald. “I am honored to take a turn leading the Alliance and working more closely with my fellow Steering Committee members, with the National Park Service, and with the National Park Foundation to help the philanthropic partnerships grow in parks throughout the nation.”

MacDonald assumed the reins at FOA in May of 2012. Prior to that he spent two decades with the land conservation organization Maine Coast Heritage Trust where, among other positions, he worked as director of land protection. He served as the organization’s interim president in 2008.

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