Laura Johnson is a lifelong conservationist with more than 30 years experience in nonprofit management. Laura was the president of Mass Audubon, where she spent 14 years leading the country’s largest independent state Audubon organization. Prior to joining Mass Audubon, she worked for 16 years at The Nature Conservancy, both as a lawyer and in positions including Massachusetts state director and northeast region vice president. Laura is the chair of the board of directors of the Land Trust Alliance. She is also an overseer of WGBH, on the board of advisors of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), on the board of visitors of Mount Auburn Cemetery, and a corporation member of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Laura served for 8 years as a founding member of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Stewardship Council. Laura received a B.A. in history from Harvard University, and a J.D. from NYU Law School. In 2013–2014 she was a Bullard Fellow at the Harvard Forest, Harvard University, where she completed a study on private land conservation efforts around the world.