National Audubon Society Announces New Appointments to Curatorial and Organizational Leadership

Marshal JohnsonChief Conservation Officer, will lead the strategic direction of hemispheric conservation work Audubon to address the unprecedented climate change and biodiversity crises facing birds. Johnson joined Audubon 12 years ago, I started as a climate field organizer for the DC political team. He most recently held the title of acting director of conservation at Audubon after serving as Vice President, Executive Director of Audubon Dakota. Through his leadership, the state program has garnered and mobilized over $50 million and led the development and launch of the Northern Great Plains Grasslands Project, conserving over 600,000 acres and partnering with over 300 farmers, ranchers and communities across the Dakotas. He was also vice-president of Audubon’s Conservation Ranching Initiative – America’s largest regenerative, bird-friendly land certification – protecting North America fragile grasslands. He graduated from the University of Minnesota and is based on Fargo, North Dakota.

“I am deeply honored to serve Audubon’s mission and people at this critical time for the future of birds. As Director of Conservation, I look forward to working alongside staff, members and partners to position growth Audubon to address the hemisphere’s bird and climate crises, while building a more equitable and diverse birding movement,” says Johnson.Audubon has a vital role to play in partnership with farmers, ranchers, hunters, fishers, native stewards, communities of all colors, believers, businesses and policy makers in securing the future of birds and the planet during this decisive decade.”

Justin StokesDeputy Director of Conservation, will provide the day-to-day management and direction of all Audubon conservation strategies, as well as supporting political affairs, policy and science teams. Stokes previously served as Acting Deputy Director of Conservation at Audubon and Vice President, Executive Director of Audubon South Carolina. In Caroline from the southhis leadership has led to notable conservation successes, including the passage of comprehensive climate resilience legislation and significant clean energy reforms, the successful restoration of the Crab Seabird Sanctuary Bank and security Audubon’s National Park Service’s first Underground Railroad to Freedom designation for Beidler Forest Sanctuary. Stokes joined Audubon in 2017 as Senior Vice President for Political Affairs, then served as the first Executive Director of the Audubon Action Fund, the 501(c)(4) subsidiary of Audubon. He graduated from Clemson University and earned the Wilson Fellowship in Strategic Management for Environmental Leadership at Harvard Business School. He is based in Charleston, South Carolina.

“We live in pivotal times in conservation, with more challenges facing birds and people every day. I am extremely grateful to have the opportunity to support Audubon’s Preservation mission”, noted Stokes. “I am thrilled to partner with our incredibly talented and dedicated curatorial team, our colleagues from across Audubonand our powerful network to deliver impactful conservation solutions for the birds and places we all need to thrive.”

Strategy and executive leadership
“Throughout her 20-year career, Allison has led teams and organizations to translate aspirations into impact through a focused portfolio of conservation programs. She inspires with clear vision and has a strong track record of building ‘highly effective and engaged teams where reliability, inclusiveness, and creativity are core values,’ noted dr. Elizabeth GrayCEO of Audubon. “Allison’s proven executive leadership and bird conservation experience provide an unparalleled combination to help guide Audubon in the next phase of its history.”

Allison Vogtchief of staff, will lead the day-to-day management of the CEO’s office and oversee engagement with Audubon’s Board of Directors. As a member of the leadership team, she will support the team’s ability to respond to organization-wide needs with a focus on transparency, accountability and open communication channels and ensure leadership in the development of Audubon’s next strategic plan. before joining Audubon in July 2021Vogt served as Deputy Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy’s Maryland/ DC state program. She also served as Partnerships Coordinator for the North American Bird Conservation Initiative’s US Committee and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ Bird Conservation Program, as well as the first Coordinator of the East Gulf Coastal Plain Joint Venture. She holds an undergraduate degree in biology from the University Notre Dame University and a master’s degree in ecology and a nonprofit management certificate from the University of Georgia. It is based on washington d.c.

“This position at Audubon is the perfect opportunity to put my experience and expertise at the service of the birds, the places they need and an organization essential to their future survival”, noted Vogt. “With such a vast network of employees, members and board members, I look forward to meaningfully engaging all of Audubon flocking in as the organization charts a course for even greater conservation impact in the years to come.”

the National Audubon Society protects the birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. Audubon works across the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and grassroots conservation. State programs, nature centers, chapters and partners give Audubon an unprecedented scale that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire and unite diverse communities in conservation action. Non-profit conservation organization since 1905, Audubon believes in a world in which people and wildlife thrive. Learn more about and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @audubonsociety.

SOURCE National Audubon Society, Inc.

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