During Ducks Unlimited’s annual convention held recently in Portland, Ore., Sacramento native Paul R. Bonderson Jr. was elected first vice president of the country’s largest waterfowl and wetlands conservation organization.

“For the past four years, Paul has led the Conservation Programs Committee, and under his watch, DU reached a milestone 76 years in the making when we surpassed 13 million acres of waterfowl habitat conserved,” said John Newman, DU’s chairman of the board. “He’s a natural fit for his new position and I’m looking forward to working with him in the years to come.”

As first vice president, Bonderson advises and represents DU’s president. He will also work directly for the president on special assignments and represent the president at functions he is unable to attend.

“Paul is one of the most conservation-minded people I know,” said DU President George Dunklin Jr. “His commitment to and passion for the outdoors are unsurpassed. He’s a dedicated leader and true friend to DU. I’m excited to help continue the significant progress we’ve made under his leadership as Conservation Programs Committee chair.”

Bonderson has been a member of DU’s board of directors for the past seven years, serving as regional vice president, senior flyway vice president and senior advisory vice president for conservation. He is also a member of the Wetlands America Trust board. He is married with two children and is the retired founder and chief technology officer of Brocade Communications.

“My time spent on DU’s board of directors has been amazing, and I look forward to continuing my work as first vice president,” Bonderson said. “I can’t wait to see all the great things we will accomplish over the next two years.”

For more information about other newly elected directors, visit www.ducks.org.

Image courtesy Ducks Unlimited

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