New chief operating officer
Tony Budrovich, who has more than three decades of experience working with nonprofit organizations and public venues that educate and inform the public, is the Catalina Island Conservancy’s new chief operating officer.
“I love the Conservancy’s focus on conservation, education and recreation,” Budrovich said. “Working with the Conservancy’s fine staff and its dedicated volunteers, I am confident we can grow the organization and remain true to its mission of protecting and restoring the Island for future generations to enjoy.”
Budrovich recently joined the Conservancy, after spending 18 years as deputy director of the California Science Center and senior vice president of the California Science Center Foundation. There he was responsible for 350 staff, 150 volunteers and all operations. Among Budrovich’s many accomplishments, he led the construction project for the new building that houses the Science Center’s most popular exhibit, the Space Shuttle Endeavour.
Budrovich first developed his skills in public educational venues through his leadership positions at Sea World Inc. and Marineland of the Pacific, a popular attraction on the Palos Verdes peninsula that closed its doors in 1987.
He’s also worked with numerous other companies as a consultant focused on improving management and guest experiences.
A Southern California native, Budrovich grew up on the coast and viewed Catalina Island as an escape from the “big city.” He’s moved from Torrance to Middle Ranch on Catalina Island with his wife, Noelle.
He works in the Conservancy’s office in Avalon.
Formed in 1972, the Catalina Island Conservancy is one of California’s oldest land trusts.
Its mission is to be a responsible steward of its lands through a balance of conservation, education and recreation. The Conservancy protects the natural and cultural heritage of Santa Catalina Island. For more information, visit www.catalinaconservancy.org.