Walker thanked Yarnold in an email to all employees received from POLITICO for his “energy and passion that has taken Audubon to a new level of relevance and meaning”. Elizabeth Gray, who joined Audubon in January, will serve as interim CEO when the organization conducts a search. An external company is used for this process.
The move ends a tumultuous time for Audubon, a famous organization that recently faced questions about how to deal with employee diversity and whether employees of color were given equal opportunities for promotion, leadership, and success. For his part, Yarnold denied such claims, saying Audubon was trying to be fairer, as were many other organizations facing a long overdue racist reckoning.
However, the employee uproar resulted in a deluge of emails to executives and board members for several months, many of whom were dissatisfied with the results the organization’s efforts to address complaints about diversity. Audubon’s board of directors eventually brought in Morgan Lewis, a law firm, to investigate work culture. Recently, some employees have started campaigning for a union in the face of job problems. E & E News reports.