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Sarah Rose named executive director of Audubon California

National Audubon Society taps well-known strategic leader to run one of its premiere state programs

Selecting one of California’s strongest conservation leaders to head a premiere state program, the National Audubon Society today announced that Sarah Rose has been named executive director of Audubon California. Rose will also serve as vice president of the National Audubon Society.

Rose comes to Audubon from the California League of Conservation Voters and CLCV Education Fund, where she currently serves as the chief executive officer. Her first day at Audubon will be Feb. 5.

“With so many challenges facing California’s communities and natural treasures, this is an exciting time to join Audubon California,” said Rose. “With its track record of accomplishments across policy, on-the-ground conservation and community engagement, Audubon California is positioned to help make a real difference when it matters most.”

An insightful strategic thinker with valuable relationships across the state’s political sphere, Rose is broadly credited with leading the California League of Conservation Voters as a formidable legislative force. She also served as the organization’s executive vice president and political director before departing the organization to join the Western Conservation Foundation as California director. Prior to that, Rose built a solid reputation as a campaign manager for candidates in California and across the country.

“Sarah is the perfect leader for Audubon California right now,” said Audubon President and CEO David Yarnold. “She’s both a passionate defender of environment and a bold strategic thinker – someone who can help take our powerful conservation network to a new level.”

Sarah lives in Berkeley with her husband, Brian, and two daughters. Experiencing California’s great outdoors is one of the great joys of her life, particularly skiing in the Sierra Mountains and hiking through coastal redwoods.

About Audubon California

Audubon California is building a better future for California by bringing people together to appreciate, enjoy and protect our spectacular outdoor treasures. With more than 350,000 members and supporters in California and an affiliated 48 local Audubon chapters, Audubon California is a field program of the National Audubon Society. 

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