DALLAS, Texas — Today, the National Audubon Society announced the appointment of Suzanne Langley as executive director of Audubon Texas, the organization’s office in the Lone Star State. Ms. Langley comes to Audubon Texas after five years as executive director of Birmingham Audubon Society, a staffed chapter with programs also located on the Alabama coast.
“The amazingly varied species and habitat of the state and inspirational conservation work by Audubon Texas is something I look forward to becoming a part of,” said Langley. “Prairie species first hooked me working with Audubon in Arkansas and Mississippi. Having the opportunity to continue grassland, coastal and urban conservation in Texas is exciting.”
As head of Audubon Texas, she will oversee the organization’s programs in urban conservation, coastal conservation and grasslands & prairie conservation as well as the oversight of three nature and education centers: Trinity River Audubon Center, Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center and Mitchell Lake Audubon Center.
“The vast size and rich ecological diversity of Texas make it an incredibly important place for bird conservation, and Suzanne Langley is exactly the right person to lead Audubon’s efforts in the state,” said Brian Trusty, Audubon’s VP of the Central Flyway and former executive director of Audubon Texas. “We’re tremendously lucky to have such a talented person step up and take the wheel of one of Audubon’s largest state offices.”
Langley served as the first executive director of Birmingham Audubon from July 2012 until her appointment to lead Audubon Texas. She led the effort to secure substantial funding for a new coastal bird stewardship and monitoring program and established a coastal office in partnership with other Audubon chapters and governmnent agencies. She also oversaw development of a hugely popular urban bird habitat initiative, a six-fold increase in the chapter’s annual operating budget, and served as a chapter representative during the development of the National Audubon Society’s Strategic Plan for 2016-2020.
In addition to more than a decade working in the Audubon network, Langley has extensive corporate and nonprofit management experience ranging from healthcare to higher education. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Auburn University and a graduate certificate in nonprofit management from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
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