After an extensive search and interview process, Audubon International’s Board of Directors has named Christine Kane as the new executive director for the environmental education organization.
Christine comes to the organization with extensive management experience as a leader at several educational and charitable not-for-profits in New York State. She served as Director of the Office of Institutional Advancement at Dutchess Community College, as Executive Director of the DCC Foundation, and as Vice President at Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley. Kane also brings to the organization unique experience with protecting natural resources and working landscapes through her work with conservation organizations. She served for five years as the Executive Director of the Winnakee Land Trust and served on the Board of the Land Trust Alliance of NY.
Audubon International is a not-for-profit organization which works with nearly 2,500 golf courses, businesses, and other organizations to encourage ecological management of natural resources. Its mission is to deliver high-quality environmental education and facilitate the sustainable management of land, water, wildlife, and other natural resources in all places people live, work, and play. In addition to golf courses, which constitute the largest membership base of Audubon International, the organization works with cemeteries, hotels and resorts, residential communities, and industrial facilities.
“I’m proud to serve as Audubon International’s new executive director,” said Christine. “The organization has a strong environmental mission and tremendous potential to promote environmental stewardship to a wide network of members and constituents. “
Clarence Bassett, chair of Audubon International’s Board of Directors, looks forward to the leadership experience which Kane brings to the organization. “Christine is going be excellent as our executive director. She has a deep understanding of our organization and she is exactly the person we need at this time to lead Audubon International into the future.”
Christine has served at the senior management level for the majority of her career, is skilled in all areas of non-profit management, fund development and communications and has raised millions of dollars for a variety of not-for-profit organizations. She’s delighted to be able to combine her environmental sensibilities with her fundraising and marketing skills at Audubon International.
She holds an M.S. in Non-profit Management and Philanthropy from Bay Path University and a B.S. in Forestry from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Christine spent the first half of her career working on issues ranging from hazardous waste site identification to non-point source pollution to land conservation. She now has almost 20 years of experience in fund development and communications and holds the CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) credential, the only internationally recognized, professional credential for fundraising professionals.
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