TELLURIDE - LightHawk, a conservation organization working to change how we see our environment, has hired John Pryor of Telluride as its new executive director.
Pryor is an experienced pilot with experience in business, finance, fundraising, and leadership; he has served on numerous boards and understands the business of conservation.
“I feel honored to have been chosen as LightHawk’s next executive director, and I am excited to bring my diverse combination of skills, background and passions to this unique conservation organization,” said Pryor. “LightHawk is at an inflection point in its long history, and I look forward to working collaboratively with the dedicated staff, volunteer pilots and board to chart a course that will enable us to ‘move the needle’ for conservation in even greater ways.”
Pryor succeeds Rudy Engholm of Cumberland Foreside, Me., LightHawk’s executive director for the past seven years. Engholm will stay on post-retirement, he said, to facilitate a graceful transition “and ensure continuing relationships with the extraordinary people who make up the extended LightHawk community.”
LightHawk works to change how we view the earth by leveraging a network of 200 volunteer pilots to donate more than 400 flights a year to to approximately 250 conservation groups for scientific research, aerial photography and educational tours. These donated flights are provided at no charge to selected partners to help protect land, water and wildlife across North and Central America. For more info, please visit lighthawk.org.