About Us

National Audubon Society's Board of Directors

Board Chairman

David B. Ford, of New York, New York, is currently President of DBF Associates and Senior Advisor to Gatemore Capital Management, LLC, a private wealth and institutional investment management firm and Chair of the Board of National Audubon Society. He is the Chairman of Princess Pictures, a family entertainment motion pictures and television company. Mr. Ford retired in 2003, after 33 years at The Goldman Sachs Group, where he was a Managing Director and co-head of Global Asset Management. Prior to that position he was a General Partner and head of Fixed Income Sales at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Mr. Ford devotes substantial time to charitable and non-profit organizations. He is a member of the Board and Director/Trustee of the National Audubon Society, the New School University, the World Monuments Fund, The Redwood Library and Athenaeum, The Animal Medical Center, The International Tennis Hall of Fame and The Preservation Society of Newport County. He formerly served as a Trustee of Florida State University and on the Board of Overseers of the Wharton School. Mr. Ford received his B.S. from Florida State University and an M.B.A. from The University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.



David Roux, of Upperville, VA is co-founder and Senior Director of Silver Lake, where he previously served as Chairman and co-CEO. He was formerly Chairman and CEO of Liberate Technologies, Executive Vice President at Oracle Corporation and Senior Vice President at Lotus Development. Mr. Roux began his technology career as co-founder and CEO of Datext, Inc., the first commercial CD-ROM publishing company. Previously, Mr. Roux was a board member of Intelsat, Business Objects S.A., Gartner, Inc., Serena Software, Symantec, Thomson, UGS Corp., and was the Chairman of the Board of Seagate Technology and Avaya. He serves today on the boards of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, National Audubon Society, Jackson Laboratories and Bowdoin College. Mr. Roux holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an M. Phil. from King’s College, Cambridge University. He is a graduate of Harvard College.

David Hartwell, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, has been President of Bellcomb, Inc. since founding the company in 1989. The company produces a lightweight stone product for architectural purposes.  He serves on many non-profit boards in leadership positions including Belwin Conservancy, Conservation Minnesota, Island Conservation and the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council. In 2001 he began to build a coalition of conservation groups that culminated in 2008 with the passage by the voters in Minnesota of a constitutional amendment that will raise an estimated $6 billion dollars for conservation over 25 years. He serves on numerous other for-profit and foundation boards. He and his wife enjoy travel to distant places and have 4 children and 7 grandchildren. He is an avid birdwatcher and gardener.

Margaret Walker, of Seattle, Washington, is a board member of the University of Washington Foundation, where she chairs the Advisory Board of the College of the Environment.  She is also Co-Chair of the Prosperity Partnership’s Cultural Task Force, Co-Chair of the Central Waterfront Committee, Chair of the Board of Global Partnerships and Chair of Friends of Waterfront Seattle.  Ms. Walker is a past President of the Board of Trustees of the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington, past Chair of the Woodland Park Zoological Society’s Board of Directors, past Chair of the Board of the Washington Women’s Foundation and past President of the Seattle Art Museum Board.  She is also a past President of the ARCS Foundation Seattle Chapter, past Chair of the Board of the Museum of History and Industry, past Chair of ARTFAIR SEATTLE, past Chair of the Bullitt Foundation Board of Directors and past Chair of the Seattle Foundation Board.  She is a past Vice-President of the board of Audubon Washington and Seattle Children’s Home.  Ms. Walker attended Vanderbilt University and the University of Washington, and earned degrees in both History and Journalism.  She and her husband, Doug, share a commitment to the environment, education and the arts, supporting them through the Walker Family Foundation at the Seattle Foundation.  They were co-founders of Social Venture Partners, past co-chairs of the Campaign for Lake Union Park, and currently co-chair the North Cascades Initiative for the Wilderness Society.


Kristi Patterson, of Portola Valley, California, is chair of the Audubon California Advisory Board in which she has served for over 6 years. Kristi spent her career in the software industry, managing a team at Kana Communications and prior to that she worked at Netscape Communications and Bain & Company.  Growing up in Santa Cruz and spending summers backpacking in the Sierras, Kristi has always loved the natural world and being active in nature.  She continues to enjoy exploring Northern California, as well as Western Colorado and Montana with her husband, Tom, and their two children.


Susan Bell, of Menlo Park, California, is Principal of Susan Bell & Associates. She provides strategic counsel to private philanthropies and nonprofit organizations addressing environmental and social issues, helping leaders develop goals and strategies and build strong and effective organizations. Susan spent fourteen years at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation serving as Vice President for over twelve years. At Hewlett she also served as Senior Fellow for Energy and Climate, helping to launch the ClimateWorks Network—in the United States, Europe, China, India, and Latin America—designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enable economic growth. Susan’s career includes work in strategic planning, development, and communications at Stanford University, the Sierra Club, and Northwestern University. Susan is vice chair of the board of the European Climate Foundation, a board member of the National Audubon Society and Monterey Bay Aquarium, on the Founding Advisory Board of MenloSpark, and on the Leadership Council of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University. She is a graduate of Duke University. Susan lives in Menlo Park, California with her husband, Steve.

Assistant Secretary

Joseph Ellis, of West Cornwall, Connecticut, is a former Partner and Advisory Director at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he served as the firm's principal liaison and consultant with retailers around the world. Mr. Ellis has served as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of The New York State Nature Conservancy. He is on the Board of Trustees of RARE (a non-profit organization specializing in environmental conservation and sustainable economic development in developing countries) and the Housatonic Valley Association. Mr. Ellis has also served on the Governing Council of The Wilderness Society and the boards of directors of Coach, Inc. and Waterworks, Inc. Mr. Ellis is author of Ahead of the Curve: A Commonsense Guide to Forecasting Business and Market Cycles, published in October 2005 by Harvard Business School Press, as well as Birds in Wood and Paint: American Miniature Bird Carvings and Their Carvers, 1900-1970, published in October 2009 by University Press of New England.

Board Members

Jane Alexander, of Lockeport, Nova Scotia and Dobbs Ferry, New York, is a Tony- and Emmy-award winning actress, four-time Oscar nominee, author and wildlife advocate. She is known for her roles in “The Great White Hope,” “All the President’s Men,” “Eleanor and Franklin” and “Playing for Time,” among others. She chaired the National Endowment for the Arts under President Clinton, and she has served on boards and councils for many wildlife and conservation organizations, including Panthera and BirdLife International. In 2012, she received the Indianapolis Prize’s inaugural Jane Alexander Global Wildlife Ambassador Award.

Leigh Altadonna, of Wyncote, Pennsylvania, is the regional director for National Audubon Society’s Atlantic-North Region. Leigh currently serves on the board of Audubon Pennsylvania and is the chair of the Stewardship Board of the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove. He is also a member of the board of the Wyncote Audubon Society where he is chair of the Crosswicks Sanctuary Committee. Crosswicks is the only National Audubon Society Sanctuary located in Pennsylvania. Leigh is Assistant Superintendent in the Abington School District located in Abington, Pennsylvania. He has been employed in the district, serving in various positions, for 44 years. Leigh is co-chair of the Abington Educational Foundation as well as the Abington Human Relations Advisory Council. He also serves on the boards of the Abington Community Taskforce, the Montgomery County Advisory Board for Parks and Heritage, and the Briar Bush Nature Center in Abington, Pennsylvania.

Peter Alpert, of Boston, Massachusetts, is a partner at Ropes & Gray LLP in Boston. He has practiced environmental and land use law for nearly 25 years. Peter’s clients include large industrial, corporate, and institutional entities; municipalities; financial and strategic investors in real estate; real estate developers; and individuals. He handles matters as broad and diverse as his client types. His primary focus is on the remediation of contaminated land under state and federal Superfund programs; the entitlement and permitting of complex development projects in Massachusetts; and advising private equity, hedge fund, and strategic clients on the environmental issues that arise in the context of merger and acquisition transactions. His permitting experience spans the full range of entitlement programs, including zoning, wetlands and waterways, historic preservation, transportation, endangered species, water management and water supply, and federal and state environmental impact review. His regulatory knowledge spans the full range of federal and state environmental programs, including air, water, wetlands, hazardous waste, waste site cleanup, and the regulation of toxic substances and pesticides. Since 2006 he has served as a Director of the Duxbury Beach Reservation, Inc., which owns and operates a barrier beach that serves as essential breeding habitat for a wide range of shorebirds, including Piping Plovers and Least Terns. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Boston College Law School. 

Coleman Burke, of New York, NY, is the founder of the Waterfront Companies, a commercial real estate company situated in four states: New York, Massachusetts, Maine, and Colorado. He has spent 40 years on environmental matters, serving on the Leadership Council of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, as a director of The National Forest Foundation, and as a trustee of The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, among others. He is the Founder of The Susan and Coleman Burke Foundation. He is an avid dinosaur bone hunter and a fly fisherman, camping in the wilds of Argentine Patagonia and the American West. He is fascinated by condors in the Andes and by migratory birds, especially Ospreys, which he tracks to South America from Nantucket and from New York City’s Jamaica Bay. As a member of the Explorers Club, he has led two flag expeditions for dinosaurs in the Santa Cruz Province in Argentina and explored rivers in Tierra del Fuego. 

Mary McDermott Cook, of Dallas, Texas, is President of the Eugene McDermott Foundation. She is a Founding Member of the Trinity River Audubon Center, Chair of the Trinity Trust Board for the overall Trinity River Project (of which the Trinity River Audubon Center is the cornerstone), Vice Chair of the Dallas Museum of Art Board, and on the Executive Committee of the Dallas Zoological Society. She enjoys spending her time with her many dogs and at her ranch in North Texas.

Michele Crist, of Boise, Idaho, is the regional director for National Audubon Society’s Central-North region. She is the President of the Golden Eagle Audubon Society. She is a landscape ecologist focused on developing landscape-scale modeling frameworks and restoration strategies for forests and wildlife habitats. She presently consults with Conservation Science Partners as a Science Associate. Ms. Crist received a M.S. in Landscape Ecology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a B.S. in Biology from University of Georgia, Athens. She loves camping, birding, hiking, photography, skiing, and spending time with her family.

Jeffrey Goodby, of Oakland, California, is co-founder and co-chairman of Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, the company chosen by Adweek Magazine as Agency of the Decade.  Many of the firm’s campaigns – got milk?, the Budweiser Lizards, Hewlett-Packard “Invent”, the National Basketball Association’s “I Love This Game”, and the E*TRADE chimpanzee among them – are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.  Mr. Goodby has served as President of the Cannes Advertising Festival and has been head of the Titanium Jury.  He has also chaired judging for the ANDYS and the One Club advertising awards.  In 2010, Adweek named him, along with Rich Silverstein, Executives of the Decade.  In 2006, he was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame.  Two commercials he directed were selected among the top 30 advertising films of the ‘90s by the One Club.  Mr. Goodby graduated from Harvard where he wrote for The Harvard Lampoon, and spent three years as a political reporter in Boston, Massachusetts.  Mr. Goodby is also a director, printmaker, and illustrator whose work has appeared in Time and Mother Jones.  Mr. Goodby lives with his family, a dog, a cat, a rabbit, three horses, and probably some other things he doesn’t know about.

James C. Greenwood, of Upper Makefield, Pennsylvania, is President and CEO of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) in Washington, D.C.  Prior to BIO, Mr. Greenwood represented Pennsylvania's Eighth District in the U.S. House of Representatives from January 1993 through January 2005. From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Greenwood served as Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation.  Prior to his election to Congress, Mr. Greenwood served six years in the Pennsylvania General Assembly (1981-86) and six years in the Pennsylvania Senate (1987-1992).  Mr. Greenwood graduated from Dickinson College in 1973 with a BA in Sociology. He has been a birder since college and photographs birds in his free time. During his years of public service, he was the recipient of several environmental awards, including Conservationist of the Year from the Audubon Council of Pennsylvania, Conservation Legislator of the Year from the Pennsylvania Wildlife Federation and the National Audubon Society's Great Egret Award for the Protection of Birds and their Habitat.  From 1977 until 1980, Mr. Greenwood worked as a caseworker with abused and neglected children at the Bucks County Children and Youth Social Service Agency. Before that, he served as the Assistant Naturalist at the Silver Lake Park in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  Mr. Greenwood is married with three children.

William (Bill) Heck of Westerville, Ohio is the regional director for National Audubon Society’s Mississippi-North Region. He is a retired information technology manager. Bill has served as a board member and President of Audubon Miami Valley, member of the Audubon Ohio Advisory Board and the Grange Insurance Audubon Center Advisory Board, and as board member, Vice President, and President of Columbus Audubon. Other nonprofit service includes terms as board member and treasurer of the Three Valley Conservation Trust (a land trust in SW Ohio) and board member and treasurer of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory.

Joy Hester, of Houston, Texas, is the regional director for National Audubon Society’s Central-South Region. Prior to that she served as Executive Director and President of Houston Audubon and now serves on its Board of Advisors. A retired attorney with a former practice in land transactions and contract issues, she has also served on the Board of Directors of Audubon Texas and on the boards of Texas Land Trust Council and Galveston Bay Foundation. 

Karim Al-Khafaji, of Palo Alto, California, is the regional director nominee for National Audubon's Pan-Flyway Region. He serves on the board of the Golden Gate Audubon Society, one of the oldest and largest chapters in California. Professionally, Karim is a manager with the Bridgespan Group where he has helped foundations and nonprofit organizations develop program strategy, measure performance, plan for network expansion, develop viable funding approaches, and build their organizations. Previously, Karim worked as an environmental engineer and scientist with the Parsons Corporation, a global engineering and construction firm. Karim earned his Ph.D. in Ecology from Stanford University where he focused on population dynamics and demography.

Stephanie Little, of Morro Bay, California, is the regional director for National Audubon Society’s Pacific-South region. She is a past President and Education Chair for Morro Coast Audubon Society and continues to play an active role on its Board of Directors. She is employed by California State Parks as an Environmental Scientist for Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area and assists in monitoring Western Snowy Plover and California Least Tern populations.   Ms. Little received an Environmental Studies degree from Principia College in Elsah, Illinois. She loves camping, cooking and is an avid gardener, traveler, and beachcomber.

Alexis Maybank, of New York, New York.  In 2007, Alexis and a founding team conceived of and built Gilt Groupe. She served as Gilt's Founding CEO, later its President, Gilt Home, CMO and Chief Strategy Officer. Prior to founding Gilt Groupe, Alexis was General Manager of AOL's ecommerce businesses. In 1998, she became an early member of the eBay team, where she joined the company's first strategic planning group led by cofounder Jeff Skoll. She launched and ran eBay Canada, which became Canada's largest ecommerce business. She helped found eBay Motors, which grew to over $2.5 billion in sales. Alexis holds a B.S. and M.B.A. from Harvard. She is author of the New York Times bestseller, By Invitation Only. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Springboard Enterprises' Media/Tech Council and is a Director for Girls Who Code. Alexis previously served on the Audubon Alaska board and is a long time Chair of Audubon’s Women in Conservation program. In 2010, she was named to Crain's "40 Under 40" and received Ernst and Young's New York Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Hector E. Morales Jr., of Washington, D.C., serves as senior advisor to Baker & McKenzie, LLP, providing strategic advisory services to clients in the US and Latin America. He also advises several profit and non-profit organizations operating in Latin America. He previously served as the US Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States and was the lead negotiator for Presidents Bush and Obama in preparations for the Fifth Summit of the Americas. Prior to that, he served as US Executive Director at the Inter-American Development Bank and as a member of the board of the Inter-American Foundation.

Terry L. Root, of Stanford, California, is a Senior Fellow in Woods Institute for the Environment and Professor by Courtesy in Biology at Stanford University. She was a Lead Author, focusing on biological impacts, on the third and fourth assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change, the latter of which shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 with Vice President Gore. She is a Review Editor for the fifth assessment report. Her research, beginning with her pioneering large-scale research examining continent-wide ranges and densities of wintering North American birds using National Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count Data, focuses on large-scale ecological consequences of climate disruption. Dr. Root is on the board of Defenders of Wildlife and numerous science advisory boards.

Ajay Shah, of Los Altos Hills, California, joined the Silver Lake team in 2007 and is the co-founder and Managing Partner of the firm’s middle market fund, Silver Lake Sumeru. Previously, he founded Shah Capital Partners, a Private Equity firm. Mr. Shah founded and managed the Technology Solutions Business of Solectron, a $2 billion business. Mr. Shah was the CEO of Smart Modular Technologies, a company that he co-founded in 1989 and led through its public offering in 1995. He managed its growth to over $1 billion in revenues and directed its acquisition by Solectron Corp. in 1999 for over $2 billion. Mr. Shah serves on the Board of Directors of Mobile Messenger, Velocity, Locaweb, and is Chairman of the board of SMART Modular. He is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum, serves on the board of The Indian School of Business, India and is a Trustee of the American India Foundation. He has a B.S. in Engineering from University of Baroda and an M.S. in Engineering Management from Stanford University.

Hugh Simmons, of Phoenix, Maryland, is the regional director for National Audubon Society's Atlantic-South Region. He is a retired academic medical practice administrator. Hugh serves as Vice President of the Chesapeake Audubon Society and Chapter Relations Committee Chair of the Audubon Maryland-DC State Board. He is the former President and Treasurer of the Chesapeake Audubon Society, former board member of the Pickering Creek Audubon Center and former chapter representative and Secretary of the Audubon Maryland-DC State Board.

Jack Stewart, of Jasper, Arkansas, is the regional director for National Audubon Society’s Mississippi-South Region.  He is a past President of the Arkansas Audubon Society and is the current Education Chair. Jack is the Vice President of the Buffalo River Watershed Alliance.  He also serves on the board of the Buffalo National River Partners.  He was the first Director of the Whitney Eastman Nature Center, in Minnesota.  Prior to retirement he was science educator for International Schools Services.  Jack has served on the boards of the Newton County Resource Council in Arkansas; Kent Place School in New Jersey and the International School of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.  Since retirement he has lived with his wife in an off-the-grid, sustainable home in the Ozark Mountains.  He has studied birds and other wildlife on all continents except Antarctica.

Stephen Tan, of Seattle, Washington, is managing partner of the regional environmental law firm Cascadia Law Group, where his practice focuses on environmental litigation. Stephen has long been active with organizations promoting environmental education, conservation, and public media. He currently serves on the boards of the Washington Trails Association, PCC Natural Markets, and Braided River, and on the advisory boards of KCTS-9 Public Television and Pacific Public Media. Stephen received his J.D. from the University of Colorado and his B.A. in biology and environmental science from the University of Virginia.

Art Wang, of Tacoma, Washington, is the regional director for National Audubon Society’s Pacific-North Region. Now retired, he spent most of his career in Washington State government where he served in all three branches of government including on the professional legislative staff, as elected State Representative from the 27th District for seven terms (14 years), Chief Administrative Law Judge (director of the state agency Office of Administrative Hearings), and Judge on the Washington Court of Appeals. He came out of retirement to serve in 2012 as Field Coordinator for the successful campaign of Governor Jay Inslee. Art’s nonprofit experience includes past service as President/Board Chair of Planned Parenthood of Western Washington, Legal Foundation of Washington, Pierce County AIDS Foundation, Asian Elected Officials of Washington, and the National Central Panels Conference (administrative law). He currently serves on the Boards of Asian/Pacific Islander Americans for Civic Engagement  PAC (APACE-PAC) and Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest. Art serves as the President of Tahoma Audubon Society and as a regular field trip leader. He has been birding since he was 12 years old and has participated on more than 50 years of Christmas Bird Counts.