Island Conservancy names new chief financial officer

Courtesy photo of Charmian Hauck

The Catalina Island Conservancy today announced the appointment of Charmian Hauck as the Conservancy’s new chief financial officer. Hauck has more than 30 years of experience in the field of accounting and finance including 20 years in the nonprofit sector. In her new position, Hauck will manage and optimize the Conservancy’s financial actions and planning to help the nonprofit organization fulfill its mission of protecting and restoring Catalina Island.

“We are extremely pleased to have Charmian join our team,” said Tony Budrovich, Conservancy president and CEO. “Her extensive background in both public and corporate accounting and demonstrated expertise with nonprofits will help ensure the Conservancy is able to fulfill our mission in a fiscally responsible manner for decades to come.”

In the world of corporate finance, Hauck has successfully managed accounting departments from $5 – $500 million companies across a variety of industries. While working in the nonprofit sector for the last 20 years, she has led the finance departments of various nonprofits including more than a decade with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor.

Hauck is a lifelong San Pedro resident and is passionate about Catalina Island, the ocean and environmental causes. She has a deep connection to and love for Catalina Island, starting with childhood school camping trips to Toyon Bay.

“Over the years, I have spent many weekends camping, hiking, fishing and boating all over Catalina. It continues to be one of my absolute favorite places to relax and renew my spirit,” said Hauck. “Working with Catalina Island Conservancy is my ideal next adventure. I look forward to being able to make a difference in my own backyard with an organization that is so perfectly aligned with my personal values.”

Hauck holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Loyola Marymount University, as well as being a licensed Certified Public Accountant. She has served as a member of the Amazon Business Customer Advisory Board for the nonprofit sector and as a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America CFO Roundtable. She is a current board member of Nonprofits Insurance Alliance where she also serves on the audit committee. Shelli Herman and Associates, Inc. helped complete a high-level CFO search quickly and successfully.

Formed in 1972, the 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. Through its ongoing efforts, the Conservancy protects the magnificent natural and cultural heritage of Santa Catalina Island, stewarding more than 42,000 acres of land and more than 60 miles of rugged shoreline. It provides an airport and 50 miles of biking and 165 miles of hiking opportunities within its road and trail system. The Conservancy conducts educational outreach through two nature centers, its Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden and guided experiences in the Island’s rugged interior. Twenty miles from the mainland, the Island is a treasure trove of historical and archaeological sites. It also contains numerous rare and endangered animals and plants. The Island is home to more than 60 species that are found only on Catalina. For more information, visit