Heather Starck

VP, Grassroots Capacity Building

Since January 2018, Heather has been Audubon's Vice President for Grassroots Capacity Building, where she focuses on building and engaging Audubon's network for conservation action. Heather began her career with the National Audubon Society in 2000 when she managed the Everglades Education Center for Audubon of Florida. Working with students from the urban core of Miami, Heather and her team led field study programs in Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge, Everglades National Park, Biscayne Bay National Park and John Pennekamp State Park. In 2004, she moved to Columbus, Ohio to design and develop the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. As the Director, she led all efforts to create the new Center including completing a $14.5M capital campaign, managing design and construction of a LEED Gold certified 18,000 square foot center, and assembling a talented staff that are winning awards for innovation in program design. 

In 2011, Heather was chosen as the new Executive Director for Audubon North Carolina. In this role, she managed all aspects of the North Carolina program including conservation, policy, finance, fundraising and communications. Well respected for her leadership abilities, Heather was selected by Audubon President and CEO, David Yarnold to co-chair Audubon’s most recent strategic planning process to help lead the organization into a new era of conservation and also sat on the National Audubon Society’s 10-person Climate Cabinet.

In her new role with the Network team, Heather will lead the growth, development, and engagement of Audubon’s grassroots network of chapters, volunteers, activists, and youth leaders, in concert with our state and flyway teams. Her experience leading Audubon centers, building partnerships with Audubon chapters, developing community programs, raising funds, and pioneering new engagement models (including a college campus program) will prove helpful while leading these initiatives.

Background

Heather got her undergraduate degree in North Carolina at UNCW. She also spent several years working on marine biology initiatives, including stints at the Miami Seaquarium and the Mote Marine Laboratory, where she worked on shark tagging studies and dolphin surveys. She also spent two years managing the Monteverde Butterfly Garden in Costa Rica. In Columbus, she served on the Mayor’s Young Professional Commission and was nominated and chosen by the Academy for Leadership and Governance for their Fellowship for Emerging Women Leaders. Heather has an 13-year old daughter, Ayla.

Education

BSc. University of North Carolina at Wilmington; Marine Biology, Minor in Chemistry