Jeffrey A. Gordon Resigns as President of the ABA

May 29, 2024

Delaware City, Delaware – The American Birding Association announces that Jeffrey A. Gordon has resigned from his 11-year post as president, effective 30 Nov. 2021. Since Mr. Gordon became president, the ABA has thrived. He oversaw not only the stabilization of the ABA, but vast improvements in its programs and initiatives.

Mr. Gordon led the ABA’s emergence into the digital space, expanding the ABA’s online offerings and building a robust social media presence. He also reinvigorated the ABA’s Events and Travel Program, helping hundreds of birders discover new places and birds.

Under Mr. Gordon’s leadership, the ABA’s Young Birder Program became a major force for the development of a new generation of birders. He led successful efforts to secure membership approval to add Hawaii to the ABA Area, develop the popular Bird of the Year Program, and support various initiatives to promote diversity and equity in birding. Mr. Gordon vigorously defended important bird areas such as Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, Ash Canyon, and Salineño. He tirelessly championed the ABA’s mission to inspire people to enjoy and protect wild birds. 

After spending time with family and friends during the holiday season, Mr. Gordon plans to begin various creative projects and partnerships in the new year, both inside and outside the birding industry. The ABA Board of Directors thanks Mr. Gordon for his steadfast work and dedication to birds, birding, and the ABA and wishes him success and happiness in all future endeavors.

Julie Davis, Chair of the Board, is acting as interim president while the Board prepares to begin the search for the next ABA president. All other ABA staff remain in their roles, and Ms. Davis and the rest of the board expect that ongoing operations will continue as before.