JANUARY 11, 2017–Stinson Beach, CA – Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR), a leader in conservation science, habitat preservation, and nature education, announced today the selection of Naomi Sultana Young to serve as Director of Development during one of the most high-profile periods in the organization’s 55-year history.
Ms. Sultana Young will lead and coordinate development planning, grant seeking, capital campaigns and other fundraising efforts. “I am very eager to meet and work with ACR's dedicated donors, board members and volunteers to take the organization's conservation efforts to the next level,” said Sultana Young.

Ms. Sultana Young has been a fund development professional since 2003 when the environmental devastation she witnessed while through-hiking the Appalachian Trail convinced her to spend her professional life raising money to protect our earth. A San Francisco native, she has worked for a variety of Bay Area organizations, most recently leading development efforts for the popular international environmental group, the Story of Stuff Project. She has three years of service on the Association of Fundraising Professionals Golden Gate Chapter's Board of Directors and has been a Certified Fund Raising Executive since 2011.

“We are very pleased to welcome Naomi to our team,” said John Petersen, ACR’s Executive Director. “Our expanded conservation science and education programs are igniting phenomenal interest throughout the region. Naomi’s passion for conservation and proven fundraising acuity will accelerate our results and align perfectly with our mission of conservation in action.”

Audubon Canyon Ranch is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit environmental conservation and education organization. It was founded in 1962 to safeguard Bolinas Lagoon from irresponsible development, leading the way for the protection of Tomales Bay.

Today, ACR is a system of nature preserves spanning 26 properties in Marin, Sonoma and Lake counties. These 5,000 acres provide significant habitat to wildlife and have been placed in our care by generous donors to steward and protect in perpetuity. ACR works to improve global environmental health by conserving and stewarding valuable natural resources, managing for ecological resiliency, providing scientific solutions to ecosystem management, and teaching generations of conservationists in ways that strengthen natural and human communities.

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