Graham Chisholm

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"Graham Chisholm is Vice President, Executive Director of Audubon California. He directs Audubon’s largest state program leading a network of 48 local chapters, 45 staff, 10 Audubon sanctuaries and centers and more than 150,000 California supporters and activists. While at Audubon, Graham played a leading role in negotiating the Tejon Ranch Conservation and Land-Use Agreement, a landmark deal reached in June 2008 to protect 375 square miles of some of California’s most spectacular wild lands.

"He previously was the Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy's California Program from 2001-2004 where he lead the Conservancy’s largest state program and helped secure passage of over $5 billion in conservation funding measures. Prior to coming to California he served as TNC's Nevada State Director and Director of the Stillwater Marsh-Pyramid Lake Project in Nevada where he pioneered innovative water acquisition strategies to restore wetlands and instream flow.

"Chisholm co-founded Great Basin Bird Observatory and coordinated the Nevada Breeding Bird Atlas. In 1996 he also co-founded Great Basin Land and Water, a land trust specializing in water rights acquisitions that has assisted the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and the cities of Reno and Sparks and Washoe County in their implementation of a groundbreaking water quality settlement agreement. Chisholm also served as a natural resources assistant to U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey (Nebraska) in Washington D.C. for four years. He currently serves as Board Chair of the Tejon Ranch Conservancy. Chisholm is co-author of Birds of the Lahontan Valley (2000) and co-author of the Nevada Breeding Bird Atlas (2007). He has a PhD. in Political Science from U.C. Berkeley and a B.A. in Political Science from Creighton University. Graham is married and has two children. " [1]

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  1. Board, Land Trust Alliance, accessed October 3, 2011.
  2. Together Green Advisory Board, organizational web page, accessed October 1, 2012.