Julie Weinstein, Executive Director
Meet our NEW Executive Director, Julie Weinstein!
took the helm at the end of January, 2015, and has been busy working with staff, board and community leaders throughout the state to get up to speed on all the intricate workings of our organization in the Land of Enchantment.
Julie fell in love with the landscape, people and culture of New Mexico when she
moved to Santa Fe in 1996.
For nearly two decades, Julie
has enjoyed hiking, fishing, camping and exploring our land's rich history and beauty.
Julie has worked in the field of nonprofit program and fund development for more than 15 years, guiding organizations in transformational growth and sustainability efforts to advance the rights of people, protect the planet and promote the creative arts.
Prior to joining Audubon, she served as director of philanthropy for the ACLU, first in New Mexico and then for the Southern California affiliate.
was responsible for historic financial and structural growth at both offices and played an important role in numerous, high-profile social justice campaigns, (including: New Mexico and federal recognition of marriage; education equity for California schoolchildren; the right to support services for homeless Veterans; and the protection of mentally ill incarcerated men and women), positively affecting the lives of millions of people.
Most recently, she
helped launch national ACLU
's $1.2 billion campaign.
Before joining the ACLU, Julie formalized and grew a membership program and managed development efforts for the Bioneers, an international environmental and social justice non-profit based in Santa Fe.
Prior to that, she directed membership and annual fundraising, including managing a $12.5M capital campaign, for TreePeople, an urban forestry non-profit dedicated to greening the City of Los Angeles.
also helped fund the launch of historic water conservation initiatives, in partnership with the city and a large group coalition of partners.
Earlier, she directed public education programming and fundraising for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Decorative Arts Council.
She earned her degree from the College of Santa Fe in psychology, with a studio art minor and a double concentration in conservation sciences and art therapy.
focused on the concept of "place" and the habitats we create for ourselves and our communities.
In 1999, she
spent a summer living and working in the Alto Merse Nature Preserve in Tuscany, Italy, conducting various conservation and restoration projects.
performed some graduate coursework through Marylhurst University
in Portland, Oregon, where she
conducted a human impact study at the intersection of a high-use state park and neighborhood along the Willamette River.
Julie lives in the mountains outside of Santa Fe with her
husband and two children.
feels blessed to call the Land of Enchantment her