Lorraine Sciarra leads the Office of General Counsel, which provides a wide variety of legal services to individuals and offices across the Audubon network. Since arriving at Audubon, Lorraine has focused on shaping Audubon's legal office into a client-focused operation bringing greater attention to the legal needs of the state and field offices. In collaboration with her colleagues on the executive management team, she has used her legal expertise in non-profit law as well as her transactional business acumen and negotiating skills to strengthen Audubon's operations.
Lorraine is also strengthening the networks' ability to advance some of the biggest conservation issues of our time. In collaboration with State offices, she has successfully negotiated reduced carbon emissions from a coal-fired power plant in Arkansas, brought suit to protect the critically endangered Palila in Hawaii, and is leading the fight against Shell Oil to protect fragile ecosystems and endangered birds from drilling in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas in Alaska. Lorraine understands the legal power that Audubon has as an international grassroots organization and is working to facilitate local advocacy. Her support of property battles in California and Florida advanced local conservation goals as well as setting precedent that could have broader impact.
Prior to coming to Audubon, Lorraine was Senior University Counsel at Princeton University, where her work included the seminal Robertson case and a series of complex negotiations with the Italian Ministry of Culture over alleged looted antiquities in the Princeton University Art Museum. Before Princeton she was an associate at Morrison & Forester and represented numerous nonprofit organizations including Bay Area Lawyers for the Arts in San Francisco. Currently, she is a trustee of the Wenner-Gren Foundation in New York City.
LL.M in Taxation, Georgetown University Law Center
J.D., Boston University
B.A. in Art History, Pomona College