January 05, 2017

Hawk Mountain Names New President

Following an extensive national search, Geri E. Unger has been named the new president of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association.

Unger, who has served as the Executive Director for the Society for Conservation Biology in Washington, D.C. since 2013, brings more than 25 years of experience in conservation science and conservation education to the job.

Unger first encountered Hawk Mountain as a high-school student from Cleveland, Ohio. Her experience at the Sanctuary launched her interest in natural resources protection through conservation science and education, as well as non-profit management and organizational development. 

Following her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, she moved to Jerusalem, Israel to attend Hebrew University, and after completing her master's degree in environmental biology, she worked there, first as an instructor in ecology and environmental science and later as the Co-Executive Director at the Jerusalem Science Center. From 2008-2013, Unger was the Director of Education and Research at the Cleveland Botanical Garden.

Unger brings experience with scientific research and education, staff development and mentoring, and organizational development along with strong programming, fundraising, and administrative skills.

The president of the Sanctuary Association is responsible for effective, creative, and productive mission-based programs. 

Unger expressed her optimism for this opportunity: "It is my great pleasure to weave my experience into building Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and its mission to conserve birds of prey worldwide, by providing leadership in raptor conservation science and education, and by maintaining and enhancing Hawk Mountain Sanctuary as a model."

Unger replaces Dr. Keith Bildstein who served as interim president for the past eight months. 

*Update 5/11: Geri Under has made the personal decision to leave Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. As of May 2017, Dr. Keith Bildstein returned as interim president.

Cozen O'Connor