Audubon International Names Associate Director of Advancement

TROY, NY – Audubon International is excited to announce it has named Joseph Madeira the Associate Director of Advancement. Joe joined the team at its headquarters in Troy, New York on July 17, 2013.

In this newly-created position, Joe will spearhead development, management, and implementation of strategic membership growth and fundraising for the organization. He will also take the lead in marketing and promoting all of Audubon International’s programs and establishing relationships with industry leaders and corporate sponsors.

“Joe is a highly accomplished professional with an impressive track record of helping organizations expand their capacity and achieve ambitious mission-oriented goals,” said Ryan Aylesworth, President and CEO of Audubon International. “The Associate Director of Advancement will play a central role in helping Audubon International continue growing and servicing its extensive membership base by cultivating relationships with industry leaders and other key stakeholders committed to advancing sustainability. We are very excited to have Joe join our team and serve in this important new position.”

Joe brings to the organization extensive experience in development and advancement in the non-profit sector. He previously served as Executive Director for The Southern Vermont Arts Center where he revamped accounting processes and implemented a new cloud-based database system for fundraising. Prior to that position, he was the Deputy Director for External Affairs at the Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin where he worked on several fundraising campaigns, membership drives and helped execute several successful event fundraisers. From 1994 – 2004, Joe was the Chief of Special Exhibits for the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History where he worked with some of the nation’s leading scientists to develop exhibits and programs on nature, wildlife, science and anthropology. Joe managed several high profile projects for the Smithsonian during this time and worked with national corporate partners and funders to execute various public programs. In 2003 Joe spearheaded a partnership with the National Wildlife Refuge System to mark the centennial of the founding of the refuge system and produced the exhibition, “America’s Wildest Places: Our National Wildlife Refuge System.” 

“It is inspiring to be part of such a great team of individuals who are committed to producing results in environmental education and assistance,” said Joe. “I am excited to take on this opportunity and help grow Audubon International as the organization seeks to increase its membership, elevate its programs and attract new constituents worldwide. With such a strong and important mission, the organization is poised for significant growth and success, and I am fortunate to be joining the staff at this time.”

Joe is a graduate of Deerfield Academy and received his BA degree from Trinity College in Hartford CT. He earned an MBA from George Washington University in 2004 where he concentrated on marketing and organizational strategy. He and his wife, Lisa, have three children and live in Manchester, Vermont where they are both active volunteers in the community and schools and spend time hiking and canoeing throughout Southern Vermont. He also serves as a volunteer for the Town of Manchester Marketing Committee, is a youth lacrosse coach, and plays in a men’s soccer league. 

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