Development Officer - Brendan O'Hara
Brendan O'Hara, a native Davisite, has spent 15 years working for conservation groups in technical roles and more recently, in senior fundraising positions.
Brendan earned a bachelor's degree from California State University, Sacramento, in Geography with an emphasis on Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing.
Brendan started his career in conservation as an intern with Ducks Unlimited.
After completing the internship, he
was offered a position as a GIS Analyst focused on mapping projects in Alaska.
spent five years in this position, primarily creating high resolution landcover maps of areas of concern in the Kuskokwin River Valley with partners the Bureau of Land Management
, Alaska Fish and Game, Department of Defense
, U.S. Fish and Wildlife and Native Burroughs.
Alaska Fieldwork cemented Brendan's love of the outdoors and the need to spend time working to discover more about wild places and protect those in his
With the yearning to focus on California-specific environmental concerns, Brendan worked as a Regional Director of Fundraising with Ducks Unlimited, focused on the Sacramento Valley, Napa and Sonoma Valleys and the Bay Area; the Director of Development for Ducks Unlimited, covering Utah, Nevada and Northern California; and most recently as the Director of Development for the California Waterfowl Association.
As a Director of Development, Brendan worked with individuals, foundations and corporations to fund projects that enhanced, protected and restored wetland and upland areas, created opportunities for children to explore the outdoors and championed public policy issues of wetland and upland concern throughout the western U.S. as well as Canada.