Julie Weinstein, Executive Director
Julie has worked in the field of nonprofit program and fund development for more than 15 years, guiding organizations in transformational growth and sustainability efforts to advance the rights of people, protect the planet and promote the creative arts.
Prior to joining Audubon, she served as director of philanthropy for the ACLU, first in New Mexico and then for the Southern California affiliate. Julie lead historic financial and structural growth at both affiliates and played an important role in numerous, high-profile social justice campaigns, (including: New Mexico and federal recognition of marriage; education equity for California schoolchildren; the right to support services for homeless Veterans; and the protection of mentally ill incarcerated men and women), positively affecting the lives of millions of people. Most recently, she helped launch national ACLU's $1.2 billion campaign.
Before joining the ACLU, Julie formalized and grew a membership program and managed development efforts for the Bioneers, an international environmental and social justice non-profit. Prior to that, she directed membership and annual fundraising, including managing a $12.5M capital campaign, for TreePeople, an urban forestry non-profit dedicated to greening the City of Los Angeles. Here she also helped fund the launch of historic water conservation initiatives, in partnership with the city and a large group coalition of partners. Earlier, she directed public education programming and fundraising for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Decorative Arts Council.
She earned her degree from the College of Santa Fe in psychology, with a studio art minor and a double concentration in conservation sciences and art therapy. Julie’s studies focused on the concept of "place" and the habitats we create for ourselves and our communities. She also spent a summer living and working in the Alto Merse Nature Preserve in Tuscany, Italy, conducting various conservation and restoration projects. She performed some graduate coursework through Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon, where she conducted a human impact study at the intersection of a high-use state park and neighborhood along the Willamette River.
Julie lives in the mountains outside of Santa Fe with her husband and two children. She feels blessed to call the Land of Enchantment her home.
Elizabeth (Beth) Bardwell, Director of Conservation
Beth Bardwell lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico on the Rio Grande with her husband and two daughters. Beth has a Masters of Science in Biology from New Mexico State University (1999) and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Oregon School of Law (1987). Her legal practice included labor law, Indian law, and criminal law, including work for the Navajo Nation and the City of Flagstaff, Arizona. After seven years practicing law, she fell in love with birding and returned to school to study biology. While at NMSU, Beth completed her Masters’ research on the adaptive significance of bill shape in Western Scrub Jays. Since receiving her Masters, Beth has been working to conserve freshwater and rivers within New Mexico and the Rio Grande basin through on-the-ground restoration and water policy reform at the local, state and federal level. In cooperation with the Elephant Butte Irrigation District, she spearheaded New Mexico’s first public-private partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to develop and implement a cooperative, market-based environmental water transaction program on the Rio Grande in Southern New Mexico. The objective of the water transaction program is to acquire water rights from willing sellers to benefit riparian habitat at 30 sites totaling over 500 acres by 2019. Prior to her current position at Audubon, Beth was a Program Officer for the Chihuahuan Desert Program of the World Wildlife Fund.
Samantha Funk, Education Manager and Summer Camp Director
Born and raised in Colorado, Samantha grew up immersed in the outdoors. On hunting, fishing, and camping trips with her family an enduring curiosity and affinity for the natural world was instilled in her. Samantha holds a B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in Geology from the University of Colorado, and has completed 81 credit hours towards a B.S. in Environmental Science with a concentration in Fisheries and Wildlife from Oregon State University. She has interned with the Earth Sciences Department of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey, where she focused on avian conservation. Following her time spent at Forysthe, Samantha worked as a technician for Ducks Unlimited, gathering data for the Integrated Waterbird Management and Monitoring Program in the Atlantic Flyway. It was in her role as Conservation Educator for the Philadelphia Zoo that Samantha discovered her passion for teaching others about conservation issues and the environment. It is her current mission in life to reconnect herself and others, especially youth, to the parts of us innately attuned to nature and wilderness. In her spare time Samantha enjoys hiking the varied landscapes of New Mexico, birding, adventuring, reading, and occasionally drawing and painting.
Maryam Miller, Deputy Director
Maryam Miller is a New Mexico native who grew up in Santa Fe. She is a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C., with a degree in Foreign Language, Communications Media, and International Relations. Maryam has traveled the world extensively, and lived in several different cities and countries. Her time in Central America re-awakened her passion for protecting the environment while seeing the effects of rapid development on water quality. Maryam has extensive experience in business management, writing, graphic design, event coordination, sales, marketing and nonprofit development.
Scot Pipkin, Director of Community Education
Scot Pipkin developed a love for the natural world at an early age. Eschewing the beach in his native San Diego, CA, in favor of wandering the hills and chaparral of “East County,” Scot discovered the wonder of learning from the mountains.
As an undergraduate at UCLA, Scot was formally introduced to birding and bird conservation, helping study the Santa Cruz Island subspecies of loggerhead shrike (Lanius ludovicianus anthonyi). This experience, combined with work as an outdoor guide leading backpacking, rock climbing, and hiking trips throughout the Southwest made him realize the power of connecting people to the joys of observing nature. Since that time, he has committed himself to sharing his passion with as many people as he can, developing and delivering content to pre-K through adults in California, Arizona, and New Mexico. Most recently, he served as Public Access Manager for Tejon Ranch Conservancy, where he developed environmental education programming, trained multiple cohorts of citizen scientists and naturalists, and collaboratively developed a 5-year plan for the evolution of these programs.
In addition to a B.A. in Geography, Scot holds a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Arizona and is particularly interested in both experiential landscapes and measuring design performance for habitat values. He is thrilled to be working for Audubon New Mexico, where he wishes to build on Audubon’s great tradition of school and community programs, citizen science, and advocacy for the birds.