Casey Arndt, Center Director, 415-388-2524 x111
Casey's responsibilities include sanctuary operations, property and facility improvements, and managing our events and outeach. She also focuses on Richardson Bay’s Audubon Youth Leaders program, working with teens from alternative programs and the juvenile justice system on conservation leadership. Casey manages a staff of summer employees and seasonal biologists, interns and youth to deliver Audubon Adventure Summer Camp.
Before coming to Audubon, Casey spent 10 years working with youth in formal and informal environmental education settings, taught special education, and was a volunteer firefighter for the Seward Volunteer Fire Department in Alaska. Prior to her work, she received her B.A. in poetry and creative writing at a small liberal arts college and is originally from an Athabascan village of 300 people in rural Alaska. Casey grew up mushing a sled dog team, driving snowmachines, and immersing herself in the Alaskan wilderness. When she's not working, Casey loves birdwatching, being in nature, and writing.
Rebecca Schwartz Lesberg, San Francisco Bay Program Director, 415-388-2524 x108
Rebecca leads Audubon California's San Francisco Bay Program, using science-based conservation to protect one of North America's most important estuary systems. Focusing on the intersection of policy, science, restoration, and management, the San Francisco Bay Program works across disciplines and ecosystems to conserve birds and their habitats.
Prior to this role, Rebecca led the conservation program at San Diego Audubon, where she worked since 2012 to protect and restore coastal habitats for birds in Southern California. After San Diego Audubon, Rebecca relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area to head Coastal Policy Solutions, where she worked with non-profit partners (including San Diego Audubon and Audubon California) throughout the state to advance on the ground conservation action.
With experience in the private and non-profit sectors, including as a Biologist for AMEC Foster Wheeler and later as Director of Conservation for San Diego Audubon, she understands the varied interests involved in conservation. Rebecca holds a Bachelors of Science in Ecology from UC San Diego and conducted graduate work at the University of San Diego studying the historical ecology of sportfishing in San Diego Bay.
Andrea Jones, Director of Bird Conservation (CA), 415-388-2524 x113
Andrea Jones is Director of Bird Conservation for Audubon California. For the past 13 years, she has worked with staff and the network of Audubon chapters across the state to implement conservation projects at high priority Important Bird Areas. In particular, she has focused on leading Audubon’s conservation efforts along the coast and in estuaries, focusing on restoration, advocacy and engagement. Her work has also included providing science expertise and negotiating conservation agreements at saline lakes, including Owens Lake and Salton Sea. She oversees our efforts in priority bird species and serves as the spokeswoman for bird conservation across California. Prior to California, Andrea worked at Massachusetts Audubon where she served as the Director of the Coastal Waterbird and Grassland Bird Programs. Andrea received her M.S. in Wildlife Conservation/Ornithology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where her research focused on metapopulation dynamics of grassland sparrows.
Haymar Lim, Community Engagement Coordinator, 415-388-2524 x107
Haymar serves as a liaison between Richardson Bay Audubon Center and the many individuals and organizations that make up the community here. Haymar works on volunteer powered habitat restoration projects, community science programs, managing our native plant nursery and community outreach. They also provide staff support for the various other needs at the center.
Haymar comes from a national service background and served two years with AmeriCorps prior to coming to Audubon. They first served with AmeriCorps Cape Cod at the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve educating reserve visitors on estuary science and studying the impacts of sea level rise on salt marsh biodiversity. Haymar’s second AmeriCorps term was served with the Watershed Stewards Program in California. They were placed with the Yurok Tribe Environmental Program and monitored the health of the Klamath River and its tributaries through various water quality programs. Haymar obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology from McGill University in Montreal.
Haymar grew up in urban Los Angeles and New York City. They didn’t get involved with environmentalism until high school when the passionate people at the Village Community Boathouse in the New York estuary introduced them to recreating with and caring for the Hudson River. Haymar is working to make as many people as possible from all backgrounds join our growing community and get involved in loving birds and caring for our environment.
Paige Fernandez, Biological Technician, 415-388-2524 x104
Paige assists with volunteer engagement on Aramburu Island, helps run our native plant nursery, and leads the biological surveys in Marin City for wetland restoration. Paige engages with the Audubon Youth Leaders in addition to helping monitor the sanctuary for any boat violations.
In the past, Paige has worked with the National Park Service on Alcatraz Island surveying, monitoring, and managing nesting waterbirds. She also worked in the North Bay performing education and restoration work by leading local students and teachers in habitat restoration workdays. Paige received her BA in Biology from Middlebury College in Vermont where she also ran on the Track and Field team. In her free time, Paige likes to volunteer at a community farm in San Francisco, hike, mountain bike, and try new recipes in the kitchen.