Laura Johnson

Laura is a life-long conservationist with more than 35 years’ experience in non-profit management. Laura was president of Mass Audubon where she spent 14 years leading the country’s largest independent state Audubon organization. Prior to joining Mass Audubon, she worked for 16 years at The Nature Conservancy working both as a lawyer and in positions including Massachusetts state director and northeast region vice president. She is a co-founder and former director of the International Land Conservation Network and now serves on that organization’s Steering Committee. From 2013-2014 she was a Bullard Fellow at the Harvard Forest, Harvard University where she completed a study on private land conservation efforts around the world. Laura served on the Board of Directors of the Land Trust Alliance for 10 years, including 3 years as Chair. She is currently a member of the WGBH Advisors Council and is a Corporation member of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Laura has served on the Board of Advisors of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), the Board of Visitors of Mount Auburn Cemetery, and was a founding member of the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Stewardship Council. Laura received a BA in history from Harvard University, and a JD from NYU Law School.