[audubon-news] Bob Perciasepe Named Audubon COO

  • From: "BIANCHI, John" <JBIANCHI@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <Audubon-news@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2003 11:41:28 -0400

Contact: John Bianchi


Former Assistant EPA Administrator to Head Audubon's Operations and Planning

New York, NY, Tuesday, October 21, 2003 - Robert Perciasepe, Audubon's Senior 
Vice President for Public Policy and interim acting Chief Operating Officer, 
officially takes over the duties of COO immediately, it was announced today by 
Audubon President John Flicker.  Perciasepe, former Assistant Administrator for 
Air and Radiation for the EPA, will work from both Washington D.C. and Audubon 
headquarters in New York.

"I have the greatest confidence in Bob's judgment and abilities as he assumes 
increasing responsibilities for managing and leading Audubon's operations," 
said Flicker.  "Because he is so uniquely qualified - with experience in local, 
state, and federal government - and because he led our Washington office so 
effectively, he will also continue to help with Audubon's public policy work 
when needed."

Perciasepe joined Audubon as Senior Vice President for Public Policy and head 
of the Washington, D.C. office inMay of 2002.  Since then, he has lead Audubon 
staff in advocating policy priorities to Capitol Hill and Cabinet agencies, 
working with Audubon state offices to promote initiatives that protect birds 
and wildlife and their habitats.  The focus of his new duties is the planning 
and oversight of the conservation group's operations.  He has served as acting 
COO since early 2003.

Perciasepe brings 25 years of experience in environmental and natural resources 
management to Audubon.  He was confirmed twice by the U.S. Senate to serve in 
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, first as the Assistant Administrator 
for Water in 1993 and then as the Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation 
in 1998.  He also served as Maryland's Secretary of the Environment, directing 
the state's environmental protection programs 1990 to 1993.  Previously, he was 
Baltimore's Assistant Director of Planning, where he oversaw environmental and 
infrastructure planning for the city. 

Perciasepe sits on the Water Science and Technology Board of the National 
Academy of Sciences.  He also has served on the Board of the Chesapeake Bay 
Trust, and as First Chairman of the Northeast Ozone Transport Commission.  He 
holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources from Cornell University 
and a master's degree in planning from the Maxwell School of Syracuse 

Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat 
that supports them.  Our national network of community-based nature centers and 
chapters, scientific and educational programs, and advocacy on behalf of areas 
sustaining important bird populations, engage millions of people of all ages 
and backgrounds in positive conservation experiences.

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