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Young Professionals Advisory Council

Young Professionals Advisory Council

The goal of Houston Audubon's Young Professionals Advisory Council (YPAC) is to engage the next generation of conservationists and to build awareness of Houston Audubon’s mission among young professionals. YPAC members have the chance to make a significant impact in the world of bird conservation and play an important role in enhancing wildlife habitat.

The inaugural Young Professionals Advisory Council kicked off in 2019 during Houston Audubon’s 50th anniversary year with 17 dedicated members. This group of passionate young conservationists launched the first ever Houston Bird Week and successfully ran a contest to determine the official Bird of Houston – the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron. In the second year, the YPAC tackled great challenges with a global pandemic, and helped organize a Bird Week that was mostly virtual. They also began preparations for several other community projects.

The Young Professionals Advisory Council was started and is currently led by Houston Audubon staff members Zineera Seth and Anna Vallery. If you have any questions about the YPAC, please email

YPAC 2021 Members

Click on the member's name or photo for their bio.



YPAC Emeritus Members

Thank you to our past YPAC members that have helped us make a difference in bird conservation through hands-on conservation work and public engagement.

Name Years Served
Patrick Bolgren 2019
Marissa Buschow 2020
Daniel Crump 2019
Tony Dang 2019-2020
Paul DiFiore 2020
Claire Everett 2019
Ian Wesley Gapp 2019-2020
Chris Hammond 2020
Karastin Katusin 2020
Andrew Martinez 2019-2020
Hannah Muegge 2019
Christina Neveu 2019
Andy Newman 2019
Elise Nishikawa 2020
Shantelle Patterson 2019
Dana Scanes 2019
Sheila Scott 2020
Amanda Woomer 2019

We will be accepting applications for the 2022 Young Professionals Advisory Council in November 2021. If you are interested in applying to be on the 2022 YPAC, please subscribe to our email list for "Young Professionals Events" to get a notification when we start the application process.