The board of directors and advisory council of NYC Bird Alliance (formerly NYC Audubon) are made up of diverse and dynamic individuals who volunteer their time, offering guidance and expertise in a wide range of issues that steer the organization's work and amplify our mission.

Board Officers and Directors

As fiduciaries of the organization, the NYC Bird Alliance's board of directors guides the organization's work in conservation, engagement, and advocacy.  

Board Leadership

President - Michael Yuan
Executive Vice President - Linda N. Freeman, MD
Treasurer - Drianne Benner
Secretary - Sharon Weidberg
Immediate Past President - Karen Benfield*

Board Committees

The organization's board committees work in partnership with staff to set strategic priorities and extend our reach.
Executive - Michael Yuan, chair
Advocacy - Marsilia A. Boyle, chair
Audit - Sharon Weidberg, chair
Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility - Angie Co, chair
Finance - Drianne Benner and Andre Meade, co-chairs
Fundraising - Michael Tannen, chair
Marketing and Communications - Kyu Lee, chair
Nominating - Jeffrey Kimball*, chair
Personnel - Michael Yuan and Linda Freeman, co-chairs
Public Programs - Georgia Silvera Seamans, PhD, chair
Publications - Lauren Klingsberg, chair
Science - Richard Veit, PhD, chair
Special Events/Fall Roost - Karen Benfield*, chair

Interested in getting involved? 

NYC Bird Alliance welcomes suggestions for new members of its board of directors, who are elected by the organization's membership in June for three-year terms. To make our board more representative of the City’s diverse population, we are especially interested in candidates who represent new perspectives, backgrounds, and communities including residents of Staten Island, Queens, and the Bronx; as well as candidates with financial, marketing, and legal expertise. Submit suggestions to Jeffrey Kimball, chair of the nominating committee, at nominations@nycbirdalliance.org.

Many of our committees include non-board members. If you are interested in sharing your expertise and joining a committee, contact board president Michael Yuan (mike@nycbirdalliance.org). 

Advisory Council

NYC Bird Alliance's advisory council provides valuable insight, expertise, and counsel to the work of the organization. Advisory council members includes past directors, adjunct committee members, and experts working in the fields of science, conservation, communications, education, real estate, law, advocacy, and more.

If you are interested in sharing your expertise and joining our advisory council, please contact Mike Yuan, president of the board, at mike@nycbirdalliance.org.

Advisory Council Members

Richard T. Andrias
Sarah Grimké Aucoin
Seth Ausubel
Claude Bloch, MD
Ronald Bourque*
Cliff Case
Rebekah Creshkoff
Andrew Darrell
Joseph H. Ellis
Alexander (Sandy) Ewing
Andrew Farnsworth, PhD
Mike Feller
Marcia T. Fowle*
Ellen Hartig
Catherine Schragis Heller
Lynne Hertzog
Sarah Jeffords
Tatiana Kaletsch
Mary Jane Kaplan
Robert J. Kimtis
Lauren Klingsberg
Janice Laneve
Mary Leou
Lawrence Levine
Pamela Manice
Jennifer Maritz
Peter Rhoades Mott*
Dorothy M. Peteet, PhD
Don Riepe
Lewis Rosenberg**
John Shemilt
David Speiser
Alan Steel 
Tom Stephenson
Shino Tanikawa
* Past President
** Founding Board Member