Ambassador Hector E. Morales, who 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, has been named to the board of directors of the National Audubon Society. Ambassador Morales is currently Vice Chairman of Global Strategic Associates LLC, a consulting firm based in New York City which provides strategic and investment advisory services to clients in the US, Asia, and Latin America. He is also Of Counsel at Baker McKenzie LLP and has previously served as US Executive Director at the Inter-American Development Bank and as a member of the board of the Inter-American Foundation.
“Hector is the rare leader who combines expertise in economic development, deep understanding of the international political landscape and a commitment to conservation,” said David Yarnold, President & CEO of Audubon. “His leadership will be especially important as Audubon expands its work with Birdlife International to protect birds and habitat in the southern hemisphere, where many of the species familiar to us in North America spend the winter.”
Morales joins other 2011 additions to the Audubon board: Doug Varley, member of the law firm Caplin & Drysdale; Joe Ellis, 35-year Wall Street veteran, conservationist and author; Jon Anda, founder and leader of UBS Securities Environmental Markets Group; leading climate scientist Terry Root, Ph.D; and regional directors Pennsylvania education expert Leigh Altadonna and Joy Hester, Houston conservation leader and retired real estate attorney. In addition, renowned ornithologist Frank Gill, Ph. D returned to Audubon’s board this year following a stint as interim CEO.