Since 1916, Seattle Audubon members and volunteers have continually worked for the protection, restoration and preservation of natural habitat for birds and other wildlife. These years of experience have never been more important than today as the growth in our region stresses many habitats and their inhabitants.
Faithful volunteers work hand-in-hand with dedicated staff to provide education programs to children and adults, to engage neighborhoods in citizen science projects, and to protect birds and nature through conservation activities. Field trips give members the opportunity to enjoy birding from waters of Puget Sound to the shrub-steppe of Eastern Washington. Volunteers at the Seattle Audubon Nature Center staff a bird question hotline and sell quality backyard bird supplies and gifts through the Nature Shop.
On May 5, 2016, John Brosnan joined Seattle Audubon Society as Executive Director. John brings over 15 years of leadership experience in habitat conservation and environmental program management to the position.
John came to SAS from Grist Magazine, where he was responsible for securing over $1 million in annual giving from corporations and foundations. Prior to that, he served as the statewide land protection director for the nationally-accredited Minnesota Land Trust. While there, John managed the organization’s land protection team and personally oversaw completion of more than 30 conservation projects that protected 3,300 acres of critical habitats and 21 miles of sensitive shoreline.
He has also served as the first Baylands Program Manager for the Sonoma Land Trust (CA), where he led design and planning for the Sears Point Restoration Project, an $18-million dollar effort to restore 2,400 acres of watershed and tidal wetland habitats, including marsh restoration to support endangered clapper rail populations. He also served as the founding program manager for the San Francisco Bay Area Wetlands Restoration Program, a region-wide effort to coordinate 18 federal, state, and local agencies on tidal wetlands restoration policy, design standards, and management.
John holds a bachelor’s degree in natural resources from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment and a master of public affairs degree from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He’s also completed a yearlong fellowship in sustainability studies at the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy in Sonoma County, CA.
When he’s not around the office, John enjoys spending time with his husband and their dog, cooking, reading, hiking, or gardening at their West Seattle home.