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National Audubon Society

June 16, 2014 09:00 ET

Audubon Appoints Managing Partner of Cascadia Law Group to Board and Names First VP of Climate and Strategic Initiatives

Environmental Litigator Stephen Tan Elected to Conservation Group's Board; Joe Ryan Selected to Spearhead Climate Strategy

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - June 16, 2014) - The National Audubon Society announced today the appointment of Cascadia Law Group Managing Partner Stephen Tan to its board of directors. The 109-year-old conservation group also announced Joe Ryan as its first vice president of climate and strategic initiatives.

"The kind of talent and experience that Stephen and Joe bring to Audubon is really terrific," said Audubon President and CEO David Yarnold (@david_yarnold). "Stephen's legal expertise and acumen is a very important addition to our board, and Joe's background in climate work and international partnerships is going to be critical to our ability to tackle some of the biggest challenges birds face throughout the Western Hemisphere."

Stephen Tan is managing partner of the Washington state environmental law firm Cascadia Law Group, where his practice focuses on environmental litigation. Tan has long been active with organizations promoting environmental education, conservation and public media. He serves on the boards of the Washington Trails Association, PCC Natural Markets, and Braided River Books and on the advisory boards of KCTS 9 and Pacific Public Media.

Joe Ryan joins Audubon from the ClimateWorks Foundation, where he was vice president for Latin America and oil campaign director. As vice president for Latin America, Ryan led a consortium of international foundations to design strategies and create a regional initiative for mitigating carbon emissions in Mexico and Brazil and served as ClimateWorks' interim CEO in the region. As director of the oil campaign, he managed a grant portfolio of $15 million per year to support strategic improvements in clean transportation across the U.S., Europe, China, India, Mexico and Brazil.

Ryan will be based in Washington, D.C., and will report to Yarnold, effective June 23.

With total revenues in 2013 of $88.5 million, Audubon is one of the Western Hemisphere's largest conservation organizations. Headquartered in New York, N.Y., the organization has 22 state offices, 44 nature centers, 463 chapters, and partnerships throughout the Americas, reaching more than four million people annually and playing leading roles in local and national conservation policy decisions, from Alaska to the Southern Cone.

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The National Audubon Society saves birds and their habitats throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon's state programs, nature centers, chapters and partners have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire and unite diverse communities in conservation action. Since 1905, Audubon's vision has been a world in which people and wildlife thrive. Audubon is a nonprofit conservation organization. Learn more at and @audubonsociety.

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