From the President's Office
David O'Neill, President
David O'Neill has dedicated his professional career to conservation. From 2015-2020, he served as the Chief Conservation Officer and Senior Advisor to the CEO of National Audubon Society (NAS). While there, his powerful vision, collaborative nature, and ability to raise critical funds elevated the entire organization. He led the development of NAS's conservation strategies, helped to unify the organization around a single vision, oversaw the organization's policy, conservation, and science agendas, and launched innovative programs to help fight the impacts of climate change.
Roles prior to his work at National Audubon include Vice President at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Vice President at Cherokee Investment Partners, Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Trust, and Director of Land Use Policy and Outreach for the Urban Land Institute. He is the recipient of the Andrew White Medal from Loyola University for his leadership on Chesapeake Bay recovery efforts and he has authored publications and spoke often on the relationship between land use and environmental health.
As President of Mass Audubon, David is focusing his efforts on expanding our work on climate change, tackling equity, diversity, and inclusion issues including our reach to new audiences, protecting habitat for birds and other wildlife, and widening our lens to affect the health and resilience of Massachusetts, New England, and beyond.
Updates from David
September 23, 2022
Over the summer, I had the privilege of traveling across the state to visit our wildlife sanctuaries, see some of the amazing work we are doing, and meet with partners and supporters to hear what matters most to them. During these trips, I couldn’t help but be reminded of just how important nature is for the health of our planet and for our own well-being.
June 21, 2022
We welcome the return of summer and all the incredible outdoor opportunities it brings, including the familiar (beach day!), the new (green concert), or the simply delightful (spotting a turtle or a dragonfly on the wing). While we are out enjoying all that the season brings, it’s also wonderful to take a moment to reflect on the awesomeness of nature—and our collective responsibility to take care of our planet.
August 14, 2020
As part of our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, we, along with National Audubon Society and other independent Audubon Societies, are embarking on our own historical reckoning starting with taking a closer look at our namesake, John James Audubon.