Skip to content. Skip to navigation

Cornell Lab of Ornithology


Judy Braus, co-PI

Senior Vice President for Education and Centers, National Audubon Society

Judy Braus, co-PI

Judy Braus has been actively involved in national and international environmental education efforts for more than 25 years. As Senior Vice President of Education and Centers for the National Audubon Society, Braus oversees all education activities, which includes working with more than 50 Education Centers, 480 Audubon Chapters, 24 state programs, and Birdlife International, our global partners in the Important Bird Areas program.

Each year more than one million people of all ages visit Audubon Centers and Sanctuaries. Tens of thousands of volunteers across the continent participate in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count, part of Audubon’s Education outreach. Braus’s drive and dedication led to the development of TogetherGreen, a $20 million alliance between Audubon and Toyota. By providing a series of Fellowships, Grants, and Volunteer Days, TogetherGreen helps people take action at home and in their communities to improve the health of the environment.

Before joining Audubon, Braus was the Director of Education for World Wildlife Fund-US (WWF), where she managed a variety of education initiatives, including national and international biodiversity education and outreach programs that reached millions of young people, educators, and other adults. Braus was the editor of the award-winning Windows on the Wild biodiversity education program and provided technical assistance to WWF’s field programs around the world, including programs in Ecuador, China, Mexico, South Africa, the Philippines, Australia, Taiwan, and other countries.

Prior to that, Braus coordinated the Peace Corps environmental education activities and conducted workshops, assessments, evaluations, and programming activities in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the South Pacific, and Eastern Europe. Prior to Peace Corps, she was the Director of School Programs at the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), the editor of NatureScope—an award-winning environmental education activity series for educators—and a senior editor on Ranger Rick (NWF’s children’s magazine).

Braus served on the Board of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), the largest professional organization for Environmental Educators, for more than 10 years, and served as president in 1999 and conference chair in 1995. She has published extensively and has also won numerous awards for her work in education and conservation.