Brian Rutledge

Brian Rutledge, Sagebrush Ecosystem Initiative Director, National Audubon Society

As Vice President State Programs, Rocky Mountain Region, for the National Audubon Society, Brian Rutledge is dedicated to protecting Greater Sage-grouse and the sagebrush ecosystem that is part of our country’s great natural heritage. In his role as a member of the Governor’s Sage-grouse Implementation Task Force, Brian helped former Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal draft and initiate the Sage-grouse Core Area Program, directing state agencies in the Cowboy State to conserve key breeding areas for this dwindling species. He is currently working with the Department of the Interior, Congress and the Tribes of the Wind River Reservation to seek a balance between the protection of our wildlife and the responsible development of renewable energy resources in Wyoming and the Rocky Mountain West.

Brian brings a wealth of knowledge of non-profit organizations and conservation to the Audubon team. He served for five years as the President/Chief Executive Oficer of Zoo New England and was Executive Director of the Maryland Zoological Society for thirteen years. For many years, Brian and his wife Kathleen have made their permanent home on the Front Range of the Rockies.