Jeffrey Hall named new Audubon executive director

PROVIDENCE – The Audubon Society of Rhode Island on Nov. 10 named Jeffrey C. Hall its next executive director. 

Hall will succeed Lawrence Taft, who is retiring at the end of the year after 23-years with the organization. Taft served as the organization’s director of conservation before being named executive director in March 2005. 

Hall has served the organization as senior director of advancement since January 2003. He was also the first director of the Audubon Environmental Education Center in Bristol (now the Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium) and held that position from 2000 to 2002. He was also instrumental in establishing Audubon’s new director of avian research in 2021. 

“Throughout his career, [Hall] has been dedicated to environmental conservation, fostering awareness and access to the irreplaceable natural resources found in our state,” the organization said in a news release. “His efforts have raised millions of dollars for the protection of wildlife habitats throughout Rhode Island, enabled Audubon educators to reach students in every school district of Rhode Island, and supported Audubon’s advocacy efforts in the fight for climate action, forest preservation, pesticide regulation, and more.” 

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Hall was selected from a search committee that was formed in March 2022. He will begin his position later this month.