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New Executive Leadership for Audubon South Carolina

Former National Audubon Society Vice President of Political Affairs, Justin Stokes, takes talents to the Palmetto State

Charleston, S.C. (December 2, 2019)—Audubon South Carolina is pleased to announce the addition of conservation and non-profit veteran Justin Stokes to its leadership team as new Executive Director.

Justin Stokes most recently served as Audubon’s vice president of political affairs and executive director of the Audubon Action Fund. He will take over as vice president and executive director of Audubon South Carolina.  Prior to joining Audubon, Justin served six years as chief of staff in the United States House of Representatives working for four members of Congress, including from the South Carolina delegation. Justin also worked on a Republican presidential campaign and got his start in public service in the South Carolina Governor’s office. He is a native of Camden, South Carolina, a graduate of Clemson University, and recently completed the Wilson Fellowship in Strategic Management for Environmental Leadership at Harvard Business School. Justin is based in Charleston.

“I'm thrilled to continue driving Audubon's mission forward from the ground in my home state of South Carolina,” said Stokes. “Our organization has a clear vision of what's required to protect our birds and their habitat, and a great team in place to make it happen.”

Justin will begin his new duties this week, and Audubon South Carolina is excited to start this new journey under his guidance.

“We are confident in Justin’s strategic thinking and his tenacious execution skills, and we know he will be a brilliant leader for South Carolina,” said Beidler Forest Audubon Center and Sanctuary Center Director, Matthew Johnson. “Stokes will be instrumental in the protection of our birds and the places they need, with the ability to tap into resources such as 20,000 Audubon members and supporters, nine Audubon chapters and bird club partners, two Audubon centers and 22,000 acres of land that Audubon South Carolina owns and manages. We protect the birds, and we protect the Earth.”

About Audubon South Carolina

Audubon South Carolina protects birds and the places they need, right here in South Carolina. We’re the state office of the National Audubon Society, which has more than one million members and a century-long track record of success. In South Carolina, we represent more than 20,000 Audubon members and supporters, nine Audubon chapters and bird club partners, two Audubon centers and 22,000 acres of land that we own and manage. Learn more about what we do and how to help at Follow us on Facebook at @ScAudubon, Twitter at @AudubonSc, and Instagram at @audubon_sc.

About Audubon
The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. Audubon works throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. State programs, nature centers, chapters, and partners give Audubon an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. A nonprofit conservation organization since 1905, Audubon believes in a world in which people and wildlife thrive. Learn more at and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @audubonsociety.

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