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.
Kane 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.
“I’m proud to serve as Audubon International’s new executive director,” Kane said. “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,” Bassett said. “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.”
Kane holds a B.S. in forestry from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and an M.S. in nonprofit management and philanthropy from Bay Path University. In addition, she holds the CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) credential and has raised millions of dollars for education, environmental issues and social services throughout the Hudson Valley during the course of her career. She succeeds Doug Bechtel, who left earlier in 2016 to serve as the President of New Hampshire Audubon.