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Francesca Gundrum named Director of Advocacy at Maine Audubon

Maine Audubon is pleased to announce that Francesca “Ches” Gundrum has been promoted to Director of Advocacy.

Gundrum holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College and a Masters in Wildlife Ecology (Human Dimensions of Wildlife Science) from the University of Maine. She started her career at Maine Audubon in 2020 as a Seasonal Biologist & Outreach Specialist. She then served for two years as Communications Manager at Maine Conservation Voters/Alliance, and returned in 2022 to serve as Maine Audubon’s Policy Advocate. Her wildlife background has proven particularly valuable as she engages policymakers on wildlife and conservation issues.

Executive Director Andy Beahm says, “With this promotion, I’m very confident that Ches can build upon her success and amplify Maine Audubon’s voice on behalf of wildlife and wildlife habitat.”

Since 1843, Maine Audubon has worked to conserve Maine’s wildlife and wildlife habitat by engaging people in education, conservation, and action. The oldest and largest Maine-based conservation organization, Maine Audubon has eight public centers and sanctuaries across the state, seven chapters, and 30,000 members, volunteers, and supporters, and connects with more than 250,000 people annually.