Los Angeles Audubon Hires Executive Director

Posted by ardeidae on September 14, 2005

On September 8, 2005 the Board of Directors of Los Angeles Audubon Society unanimously voted to appoint Garry George to the position of Executive Director of the Society, effective the following day.

Garry has served on the Board of Los Angeles Audubon Society for three years, most recently as 1st VP, Conservation Chair. He has resigned from the Board.

The Executive Director is charged with developing and expanding the Society’s education and conservation programs including field and pelagic trips, the world famous bookstore, the LAAS publication Western Tanager, managing the staff, expanding the membership, developing new programs, and representing the Society in the Los Angeles political, environmental, conservation, funding and donor communities, and reports to the Board.

Garry George has been a resident of Los Angeles for 35 years and a student of California’s unique ecology for most of that time. He represents the Southern California chapters on the Audubon California Board. Garry and his partner Joseph Brooks went native in 1994 and their yard has been featured in the LA Times, LA Weekly, Western Tanager, My Generation (AARP) and on the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants home tour 2004 and 2005. They have attracted over 70 species of birds including a recent visit of a Least Bell’s Vireo. Garry has participated in the development of the National and California Audubon at Home programs and will be developing one for Los Angeles. He recently wrote and received a Prop 40 grant for a three-year program to re-vegetate three acres of Baldwin Hills Park in Los Angeles as a native plant and wildlife education garden using volunteers and interns from programs for urban youth interested in nature. That project opens on April 22, 2006 on Earth Day. He recruited matching grants from Los Angeles Audubon and the LA Chapter of California Native Plant Society and scientific support from Audubon California and the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History. Garry’s professional background is in the arts and the music business where he has guided the careers of some of your favorite singers and songwriters. He received a BFA from New York University and speaks Japanese, Spanish and English.

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