[audubon-news] GERALD SECUNDY NAMED TO LEAD AUDUBON CALIFORNIA

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GERALD SECUNDY NAMED TO LEAD AUDUBON CALIFORNIA

Conservation Leader to be Executive Director of Audubon's State Program

Sacramento, CA, Thursday, August 22, 2002 -- Gerald David Secundy of
Pasadena, a longtime leader in California conservation, will assume the
duties of executive director of Audubon California in early September, it
was announced today by Les Corey, Vice President of State Programs for the
National Audubon Society.

Currently President of GDS Consulting, a firm he established in 1998,
Secundy provides crisis intervention and mediation services to NGO's, and
serves industry and environmental organizations by developing sound public
policy on air and energy issues.

"Jerry brings exceptional leadership skills, a lifelong commitment to the
environment, and a proven record of success in the non-governmental (NGO),
private business and government sectors," said Corey.  "He is a proven
community leader who will build upon the success of Audubon California and
help transform our vision into reality."

A recognized leader on numerous environmental policy issues facing
California, Secundy serves on several environmental boards including the
Planning and Conservation League Foundation, the CA Council for
Environmental & Economic Balance, and the CA Environmental Dialogue.  He has
served in a leadership role for numerous community-based human service and
educational institutions, and was recently elected Chairman of the Board of
Prescott College in Arizona.

"Jerry Secundy is a great choice to lead California Audubon," said Julia
Levin, California Policy Coordinator for the Union of Concerned Scientists.
"He's dedicated, smart, articulate, results oriented, and an all-around
fantastic choice."  Gerry Meral of the California Planning and Conservation
League added, "It's hard to imagine someone better qualified from an
experience and personal commitment point of view to lead California
Audubon's efforts."

Secundy is an avid outdoorsman and birder who grew up in Washington, D.C.
and developed a passion for nature at an early age.  Following graduation
from Harvard College and Columbia Law School, he spent two years in the
Peace Corps serving as director of a youth center in Cusco, Peru.

Secundy began his professional career at the U.S. Dept. of Justice where he
argued environmental cases at the Appellate Level.  In 1970, he joined the
Atlantic Richfield Company where he spent the next 28 years serving in
various senior management positions.  His reputation as an advocate for
progressive environmental policies was highly valued and recognized
throughout the company. 

Secundy served as Manager of Investor Relations, Manager of Long Range
Planning, Assistant Treasurer, VP for Finance and Administration for ARCO
Transportation Company, President of Four Corners Pipeline Co., and in 1994,
he was appointed VP of External Affairs and Environmental, Health and Safety
for ARCO Products Company.  During his tenure there, he served as Vice
President and Treasurer of ARCO Foundation and a board member for the Center
for Non Profit Management.

Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat
that supports them.  Our growing network of community-based Audubon Centers,
grass roots science programs for bird enthusiasts, and advocacy on behalf of
ecosystems sustaining important bird populations, engage millions of people
of all ages and backgrounds in positive conservation experiences.

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