Chris Canfield, VP Gulf of Mexico Conservation and Restoration
Chris Canfield became the National Audubon Society's vice president for Gulf of Mexico conservation and restoration in September 2010. Chris grew up in Louisiana and Alabama and is excited to return home. Until September, he was executive director of Audubon North Carolina, a National Audubon Society program he led for more than a decade.
Before coming to Audubon, Chris worked as a development and communications director at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as a U.S. Air Force officer in the Pentagon, and as a screenwriter in Hollywood, where he met his wife Kate Finlayson, an actress-turned-environmental educator. The pair are birders, and Chris is a trained bird bander. Chris did his undergraduate work at Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama and graduate work at the University of Oxford in England, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
Reflecting on his new post, Chris wrote: "During the early days of the oil disaster, I wondered what I could do to make a difference. Not long after, the universe called my bluff with an unforeseen request offering me this role in the Gulf. My wife (originally from east Texas) and I see this as a calling to return to our home and help restore the landscapes and communities that mean so much to us."
To request an interview with Chris, please contact:
Audubon Mississippi Flyway Communications Director
225-768-0820 ext. 207 / email