April 24, 2014 –Stinson Beach, CA– Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR), a leader in conservation science, habitat protection and restoration, and nature education, announced today it has selected nonprofit executive and conservation champion Scott Artis to serve as its new Director of Development and Communications.

With his extensive background in fundraising, donor development, marketing and conservation science, Mr. Artis will lead and coordinate communications and outreach at Audubon Canyon Ranch. He also will head development planning, grant seeking, capital campaigns and other fundraising efforts at ACR.

Mr. Artis joins ACR’s staff after serving as the development director for the Sequoia Riverlands Trust, where he successfully re-engaged past donors, generated financial support from private businesses and won substantial grants to support the nonprofit land trust. 

In addition to expertise in development and communications, Mr. Artis has a wide breadth of experience in conservation. He most recently served as the executive director of the Berkeley-based Burrowing Owl Conservation Network and has sat on the board of directors of the John Muir Association. He also is a member of the Society for Conservation Biology, the Raptor Research Foundation, the American Ornithologists Union and The Wildlife Society.

“We are thrilled to have Scott join the ACR team,” said Scott Feierabend, executive director, Audubon Canyon Ranch. “Scott’s commitment to conservation science combined with his extensive experience in development and communications make him an excellent match for ACR as we continue to expand our reach throughout the Bay Area.”

Mr. Artis received his Masters of Arts in Environmental Studies from the University of Illinois and holds two Bachelors of Science degrees: one in Environmental Science with a minor in Fisheries and Wildlife Science from Oregon State University; the other in Micro and Molecular Biology with a minor in Chemistry from California State University, Sacramento.

Mr. Artis will start work on May 5, 2014.

About Audubon Canyon Ranch

For more than 50 years, Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR) has been dedicated to protecting nature through land preservation, nature education and conservation science.

ACR’s preserves include the Cypress Grove Research Center on Tomales Bay, the 535-acre Bouverie Preserve in Sonoma’s Valley of the Moon near Glen Ellen, the 1,000-acre Martin Griffin Preserve on Bolinas Lagoon near Stinson Beach, and the 3,320-acre Modini Mayacamas Preserves above Healdsburg.

ACR is an independent non-profit organization with 501(c)3 status and is not affiliated with the National Audubon Society. ACR’s programs are made possible thanks to the contribution of thousands of hours of volunteer service, and donations from caring individuals, foundations and businesses. Look for ACR on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. For more information, call 415-868-9244, email [email protected] or visit www.egret.org.