Douglas J. Meffert

Executive Director, Audubon Louisiana; Vice President, Audubon

In his role as Executive Director of Audubon Louisiana, Doug leads all of Audubon Louisiana’s administration and programming which includes large scale coastal conservation and landowner engagement through the Mississippi River Delta Restoration Campaign and the Rainey Conservation Alliance, chapter engagement through Bird Friendly Community and other initiatives, and climate change adaptation and mitigation initiatives.  In addition, he and his team lead the management of the Paul J. Rainey Sanctuary, Audubon’s oldest and largest sanctuary and steward the protection of Louisiana’s 23 Important Bird Areas throughout the State in coordination with Audubon’s Mississippi Flyway and Gulf Initiative programs.  Doug is also a faculty associate at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy based in Cambridge, MA. Doug has a Bachelors of Science in Engineering and Masters  in Business Administration (Marketing & Finance) from Tulane University and Doctorate in Environmental Science & Engineering from the University of California, Los  Angeles.

A native of San Antonio, Texas, Doug has a long history in Louisiana and joined Audubon Louisiana in February 2012. Prior to working at Audubon, Doug was most recently Director of Project Development and Associate Professor at Tulane University’s Payson Center for International Development as well as Executive Director of RiverSphere, an initiative to develop a new campus for the university oriented to water resources and renewable energy. Prior to these posts, he was Deputy Director for the Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research (New Orleans, LA). Other prior posts include Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (Baton Rouge, LA), Topanga Las-Virgenes Natural Resource Conservation District (Malibu, CA), TechLaw, Inc. (Washington, DC), and the U.S. Department of Energy (Washington, DC).  Doug received a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. He currently lives in New Orleans.

Articles by Douglas J. Meffert

Douglas Meffert guest column: Time to protect coastal funding

Douglas Meffert guest column: Time to protect coastal funding

— How these funds are invested affects all of us, and we need to remain vigilant to ensure Louisiana-politics-as-usual don’t squander the opportunity the money provides.