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Audubon Society Names New Board Members
Wednesday December 6, 2017   |
Susan Packard Orr, Professor J. Drew Lanham and Mike Connor.
NEW YORK — The National Audubon Society is announcing the addition of three members to its national board of directors. Former Deputy Secretary of the Interior Mike Connor, David and Lucile Packard Foundation officer Susan Packard Orr and Clemson University Professor J. Drew Lanham were voted in at the conservation organization's recent board meeting in Seattle.

"Birds are facing massive threats today, between climate change, habitat loss and attempts to undermine landmark conservation policies. But now that we've added such incredible leadership to our national board of directors, Audubon couldn't be better positioned to protect birds and the places they need," said David Yarnold (@david_yarnold), Audubon's president and CEO.

Susan Packard Orr is the chairman and co-founder of Arreva, LLC, a company that has been providing fundraising and volunteer-management software to the nonprofit sector for over 30 years. She is the past chairman and a current member of the board of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and serves on the boards of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health and the Packard Humanities Institute. Her past board service includes the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, the Monterey Aquarium, and Stanford University. Susan started birding at the Bosque del Apache when she and her family lived in New Mexico 40 years ago, and she is currently chairing the Global Advisory Group for BirdLife International.

Dr. Drew Lanham is a professor of wildlife at Clemson University, where he holds an endowed chair as an Alumni Distinguished Professor and was named an Alumni Master Teacher in 2012. His research focuses on songbird ecology, as well as the African-American role in natural-resources conservation. A South Carolina native, Drew is active on a number of conservation boards, including the South Carolina Wildlife Federation, Audubon South Carolina, the Aldo Leopold Foundation, BirdNote, and the American Birding Association, and he is a member of the advisory board for the North American Association of Environmental Education.

Mike Connor is a partner in the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, LLP, where he practices in the areas of energy, environmental, natural resources, and Native American law. He served in the Obama administration as the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior from 2014 to 2017, where he was the second-highest ranking official, with responsibilities as the Chief Operating Officer of an agency with more than 70,000 employees and an annual budget of approximately $13 billion. From 2009 to 2014 he served as the Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation.
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