From the President's Office

David O'Neill - Mass Audubon's 11th President

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

Portrait of John James Audubon


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.

Great Blue Heron © John Yurka


August 12, 2020
A federal court ruled that the legal basis for the rollback of the century-old Migratory Bird Treaty Act is inconsistent with the intent and language of the law.

Purple Coneflowers in a meadow at a Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuary


June 3, 2020
Given the extraordinary times we are in, I feel it is important to use this opportunity to take a stand for what is just and equitable for people of color here in Massachusetts and beyond.

Lake Wampanoag Wildlife Sanctuary


June 1, 2020
What an absolute thrill and honor it is to be elected to serve as the 11th president of Mass Audubon and take the helm of a storied organization that protects the natural world and brings joy to so many people.