BirdLife flock has a new Chief Development Officer
BirdLife CEO, Patricia Zurita, announces the exciting arrival yesterday of our new Chief Development Officer, E.J. McAdams.
Although new to us, he is most assuredly no fledgling! E.J. joins us after a fourteen-year-plus career at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) where he was Director of Development, New York Global Market. He and his team were responsible for raising over $30 million USD per year from individuals, foundations and corporations.
He brings deep experience in managing development teams for fundraising success, partnering with conservation and finance leaders on transformative ideas, and finding creative solutions to operational challenges.
Prior to working at TNC, E.J. was the executive director for NYC Audubon, where he saved the nest of celebrity hawks, Pale Male and Lola, a story wonderfully told in the documentary The Legend of Pale Male.
But that’s not all. He also worked as a park ranger for the City of New York, teaching children about the natural environment. He is a poet, lives in Harlem in New York City with his wife and three children (and new puppy), and in his free time, enjoys birding, hiking, kayaking, and reading. BirdLife is thrilled to have him add his strengths to the leadership team, and by his own excitement in joining BirdLife.
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