NEW YORK – Today, the National Audubon Society announced the appointment of Sarah Greenberger as Vice President for Conservation. In this role Greenberger will oversee Audubon’s national policy team and coordinate Washington-based strategies for the 111-year-old conservation organization.
“Sarah’s a proven bridge-builder, perfectly suited to Audubon’s centrist worldview. She brings a deep understanding of the conservation world and a track record of working collaboratively with public and private stakeholders to craft pragmatic conservation solutions,” said Audubon President and CEO David Yarnold (@david_yarnold). “Her conservation and policy experience, leadership qualities and dedication to Audubon’s mission gives us a huge lift as we take on the most significant conservation opportunities of our time.”
Greenberger joins Audubon from the U.S. Department of the Interior, where she spent five years driving strategy and policy for the agency as a counselor and senior advisor to both former and current Secretaries of the Department of Interior, Ken Salazar and Sally Jewell. In that role, she was instrumental in shaping last year’s pioneering Greater Sage-grouse conservation strategy working closely with Audubon, Western State Governors and other stakeholders. Prior to this engagement, she held several notable roles including serving as Legislative Counsel to Senator Benjamin L. Cardin and working as Clerk to Judge David S. Tatel on U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Williams College and her JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
“I’m thrilled to join an organization with such a proud history of stewardship of this country’s natural resources,” said Greenberger. “I look forward to working with the impressive network of Audubon staff, members and partners to advance science-based, landscape-scale solutions through one of the nation’s largest conservation organizations.”
In addition to helping execute Audubon’s priorities highlighted in its new strategic plan, Greenberger will also lead Audubon’s Working Lands program which focuses on building public and private partnerships to advance collaborative conservation solutions on landscapes dominated by private farms, ranches and forests. She will be based in Audubon’s Washington, DC office.
“We are excited to have someone of Sarah’s talents and expertise joining the National Audubon Society team,” explains David O’Neill, Chief Conservation Officer at Audubon. “She joins us at a pivotal time as we are growing and deepening our policy influence and expanding our work to conserve large working landscapes like the Sage ecosystem, the Northern Great Plains and Eastern Forests for the benefit of birds and people.”
With total revenues in 2016 of $98 million (34% increase since 2010), 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 the places they need throughout the Americas – has been transformed in recent years, according to Crain’s New York Business, through cutting edge technologies, a sharpened conservation focus and operational overhaul that has increased revenue and decreased overhead expenses.
As written in The Chronicle of Philanthropy and GreenBiz, 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 more than 970,000 followers and reaches approximately 4.1 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 two 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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