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Meet the staff of Audubon Washington

Charley Wilkinson, Interim Executive Director
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Charley serves as Interim Executive Director and Development Director for Audubon Washington and the Seward Park Audubon Center. She brings a multidisciplinary professional background and love of the natural world to her work creating funding opportunities for Audubon’s conservation and education initiatives throughout Washington. She has worked for Audubon in a variety of roles since 2009, when she got her start as a conservation intern for Constitution Marsh Audubon Center & Sanctuary in New York, and went on to serve as their Education Manager. Before moving to Seattle in 2016, Charley spent four years as the Development and Finance Associate for Audubon Vermont, securing essential funds for their landscape conservation work, endangered bird species monitoring, and environmental education initiatives. When Charley's not in the office, you might find her reading, hiking in the mountains, running, riding her bike, or exploring Seattle with her husband, Kevin. 

Trina Bayard, Ph.D.Director of Bird Conservation
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In addition to her formative experiences exploring Puget Sound tide-pools and Cascade mountain meadows, Trina’s path to Audubon includes more than ten years of experience on a broad range of plant and wildlife studies in eastern Oregon, coastal California and coastal Connecticut including her doctoral research on Saltmarsh Sparrows. Trina’s perspective is shaped by her experience working in the public and private sectors and her studies and travel in East Africa and Southeast Asia. She brings to Audubon a dedication to advancing bird conservation in a way that is scientifically relevant, inclusive of the diverse constituencies making up our state and flyway, and mindful of how future generations may connect with and be inspired by birds. 

Ben Silesky, Field Organizer

Ben is focused on bringing Audubon’s climate science front and center through community engagement, grassroots mobilization, and chapter capacity building. He is an inspirational story teller, trainer and organizer, and is passionate about strengthening the civic engagement of the Audubon network in Washington. He has been a field manager for Carbon Washington, the ACLU, and the Southern Poverty Law Center, empowering individual citizens to make a difference in their community by focusing on coalition building, creativity, and leadership development. Ben has a BA in Media, Communication and Political Culture from the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies at the University of Redlands. He enjoys making short films, playing his synthesizer keyboard, and cross country skiing in the winter months.

Adam Maxwell, Campaigns Manager



Adam originally hails from Florida, but had his first glimpse of a life best lived outdoors on teenage hiking trips to Vermont. He truly fell in love with the great outdoors when he moved to Seattle for graduate school. After finishing up his education at UW he took a job with the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition advocating for strengthened and more fully-funded habitat and outdoor recreation grant programs at the state and federal level. More recently, Adam spent a few years with his partner in Vermont directing field operations for the state's largest environmental advocacy organization before returning to the Pacific Northwest in March of this year. He lives with his partner and 8-year-old rescue dog in the Madison Valley neighborhood of Seattle and takes great pleasure in hiking all over Washington state, trail-running in Seattle's urban forests, and playing ice hockey with friends.

Teri Anderson, Chapter Network Manager

Teri supports Washington’s 25 chapters in capacity building, communications and networking. Having served in the Peace Corps in Mexico and as a National Park Ranger in Alaska, Teri recognizes the unrivaled strengh and potential of of grassroots volunteer networks to make real change in conservation. Her work in community science in Mexico engaged local, Indigenous youth in bird monitoring, resulting in new conservation policy and the arrival of ecotourism to the area. Teri published a field guide to birds of the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve and a visitor’s guide to the National Park of American Samoa. She has a BA in Journalism and Foreign Languages and a MS in Natural Resource Management from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She performs with the Market Street Singers, trains outdoor guides for Ballard Kayak, and lives on a sailboat.

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