Mass Audubon Appoints Gary Clayton New President

Release Date:
November 11, 2015

LINCOLN, MA—Gary Clayton, Vice President for Conservation Programs at Mass Audubon, has been named President of the respected environmental organization.

Board of Directors Chair Jared Chase said, “Gary’s longstanding personal commitment to conservation, proven executive capabilities, and deep organizational knowledge convinced the Board that he is the leader to further Mass Audubon’s standing as a prominent force for conservation in the 21st century.”

Clayton thanked Chase and said, “I am excited to work with our Board, staff, members, and partners in pursuing new strategic conservation priorities with respect to land, wildlife, education, and advocacy. And, given the opportunities and challenges we may face, I look forward to all that we will accomplish together.”

As the senior conservation executive, Clayton has overseen more than 75 percent of Mass Audubon staff, and managed most of its mission-critical programs.

Previous to Mass Audubon, Clayton held leadership positions in coastal zone management and wetlands and tidelands protection with what is now the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. A subsequent gubernatorial appointment to the state’s Water Resources Commission furthered Clayton’s role in managing critical natural resources upon which residents depend.

Clayton holds a graduate degree in marine fisheries biology and an undergraduate degree in wildlife biology.

Mass Audubon’s new President is also well known for his commitment to civic involvement in the town of Concord, where he and his family reside. He has served as a member and chairman of the Concord Board of Selectmen, Conservation Commission, Planning Board, Community Preservation Committee, and Municipal Light Plant. He also serves as assistant Town Moderator and was a trustee of his community’s local land trust.


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