NEW YORK — The National Audubon Society today announced the appointment of A. Cary Brown and Lili Taylor to its board of directors.
“Cary and Lili are both original talents and have the passion for birds that Audubon represents. They'll bring creativity and energy to a board that, more than ever, is attracting high profile leaders from the arts, finance, conservation and education,” said Audubon President and CEO David Yarnold (@david_yarnold).
A. Cary Brown is an artist and social entrepreneur, and presides over her family’s foundation, the Fiddlehead Fund. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, she is the granddaughter of environmentalist Sara “Sally” Shallenberger Brown, who taught her to draw birds early on, where today she records species with a paintbrush or a camera. Brown is a fifth-generation shareholder of Brown-Forman, her family’s international spirits and wine company, and serves as director of the company’s DendriFund, the Brown family sustainability foundation. She also serves as a trustee of BOMB Magazine, the Kentucky College of Art + Design, the W.L. Lyons Brown Foundation, The Lighthouse Works, and on the advisory boards of the Fralin Museum of Art and the Arts Council at the University of Virginia, and the Amazon Biodiversity Center.
“I am honored to be part of such an impactful organization,” says Brown. “To quote my friend Dr. Thomas Lovejoy, ‘If you take care of the birds, you take care of most of the big problems in the world.’ ”
Lili Taylor is a stage and screen actress who has appeared in such films as Mystic Pizza, I Shot Andy Warhol, and The Conjuring. Most recently she can be seen in ABC’s American Crime. She appeared in HBO’s Six Feet Under and Fox’s The X-Files, both of which garnered her Emmy nominations. She is also developing a TV show called Wild in the City with Richard Crossley, author of the Crossley ID guides. She currently serves on the board of the American Birding Association.
“Audubon is creating a brighter future for birds and people. I’m thrilled to join one of the most trusted brands in conservation,” says Taylor.
Read about other members of the Audubon board here.
With total revenues in 2014 of $92 million (up from $82.3 million in 2009), Audubon is one of the nation’s largest conservation organizations, comprising 23 state offices, 41 nature centers and 23 wildlife sanctuaries and representing 463 local chapters. Audubon – which focuses on the protection of birds and their habitats throughout the Americas – has been “transformed” in recent years, according to Crain’s New York Business, through a sharpened conservation focus and operational overhaul that has increased revenue and decreased overhead expenses.
As written in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, that strategic and operational transformation has attracted new funders and broadened the organization’s reach to younger and more diverse audiences as Audubon expands its international work and achieves conservation victories. For the first time in nearly two decades, Audubon has also earned Charity Navigator's highest ranking of four stars.
Audubon’s main Facebook page has over 855,000 followers and reaches approximately 2.7 million people each week as the organization’s supporters share and interact with Audubon’s posts. And the organization’s 2014 birds and climate change campaign, which earned more than 2 billion media impressions, recently won a Diamond SABRE award from public relations industry leaders.
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The National Audubon Society saves birds and their habitats throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon’s state programs, nature centers, chapters and partners have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire and unite diverse communities in conservation action. Since 1905, Audubon’s vision has been a world in which people and wildlife thrive. Audubon is a nonprofit conservation organization. Learn more at www.audubon.org and @audubonsociety.
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