Audubon International’s Board of Directors has named Christine Kane as the new Executive Director for the environmental education organisation.
Kane comes to the organisation 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 organisation unique experience with protecting natural resources and working landscapes through her work with conservation organisations.
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 organisation which works with nearly 2,500 golf courses, businesses, and other organisations 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 organisation works with cemeteries, hotels and resorts, residential communities and industrial facilities.
“I’m proud to serve as Audubon International’s new Executive Director,” said Kane. “The organisation 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, said: “Christine is going be excellent as our Executive Director. She has a deep understanding of our organisation and she is exactly the person we need at this time to lead Audubon International into the future.”
Kane 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 organisations.
She holds an MS in Non-Profit Management and Philanthropy from Bay Path University and a BS in Forestry from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
Kane 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 Fund-raising Executive) credential, the only internationally recognised, professional credential for fund-raising professionals.