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The Search for a New Executive Director

Lawrence Taft, our current Executive Director, is retiring at the end of 2022 after a long career with the organization. Here you can find updates from Audubon Board President Owen Heleen on our search process to hire a new Executive Director.


June 24, 2022

Audubon staff members had the chance to meet with the lead for our search, Tracey Marshall (senior vice president of Development Guild DDI). They were given the opportunity to share key things they would like in a new Executive Director and to learn more about the search process. Senior Audubon staff met with Tracey separately.

June 2, 2022

We have formed a search committee and recently contracted with Development Guild DDI, based in Boston, to conduct the search in partnership with the search committee. The lead for our search is Tracy Marshall, DDI’s senior vice president. Tracy can be reached at Individuals with questions about the search or how to apply should contact Tracy.

March 4, 2022

Dear Audubon Members,

Today, I am writing to you to announce that the Audubon Society of Rhode Island’s Executive Director Lawrence Taft has informed the Board of Directors that he intends to retire at the end of this year.

All of us sincerely wish to thank Larry for his contributions to Audubon over the last 23-years of serving as Director of Conservation and then Executive Director. As a result, Audubon is in a stronger and more dynamic position than ever, and we are rising to the challenges of the day.

Over the next several months, our search committee, with the assistance of an executive search firm, will recruit and select a new executive director to carry out the critical work of our organization.

We will celebrate Larry’s career at our Annual Meeting on October 26, 2022.

If you have any questions about the search, please feel free to contact me at my email address -

Thank you for your support for birds, wildlife, and the work of Audubon.


Owen Heleen, President
Audubon Society of Rhode Island Board of Directors

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