The Audubon Connecticut Environmental Leadership Awards Benefit is held each Spring to honor an individual or group of individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and commitment to the conservation of birds, other wildlife, and their habitats. It is an honor to recognize the following 2020 honorees.

To learn about the past honorees, select here.

Recipient of the Environmental Leadership Award


Joseph Ellis, of West Cornwall, Connecticut, is a former Partner and Advisory Director at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he served as the firm's principal liaison and consultant with retailers around the world. Mr. Ellis has served as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of The New York State Nature Conservancy. He is on the Board of Trustees of RARE (a non-profit organization specializing in environmental conservation and sustainable economic development in developing countries) and the Housatonic Valley Association. Mr. Ellis has also served on the Governing Council of The Wilderness Society and the boards of directors of Coach, Inc. and Waterworks, Inc. Mr. Ellis is author of Ahead of the Curve: A Commonsense Guide to Forecasting Business and Market Cycles, published in October 2005 by Harvard Business School Press, as well as Birds in Wood and Paint: American Miniature Bird Carvings and Their Carvers, 1900-1970, published in October 2009 by University Press of New England.

Recipient of the Katie O’Brien Lifetime Achievement Award


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