Past Presidents

  • Audrey C. RustAudrey C. Rust

    Audrey C. Rust

    Audrey Rust served as CEO of POST for nearly 25 years, from 1987 to 2011, first as executive director and then as president. Under her leadership, POST worked successfully in partnership with public agencies and private landowners to bring permanent protection to many thousands of acres of open space lands in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. Recognized across the country as a conservation innovator and champion, she has helped protect local landscapes that are now part of the National Park System, National Wildlife Refuge System, California State Parks, county and city parks, regional open space preserves and private farmland. As a result of her efforts, Audrey was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award, by Sunset Magazine's 2012 Environmental Awards.

    Before coming to POST, Ms. Rust worked with the Sierra Club, Yale University and Stanford University. She has served on the boards of numerous local, state and national organizations, primarily in the conservation and housing arena. She has received the Times Mirror-Chevron National Conservationist of the Year Award; the League of California Voters Environmental Leadership Award; the Cynthia Pratt Laughlin Medal, the Garden Club of America's top environmental honor; and the Jacqueline Kennedy Award from JFK University for her achievements in land conservation. Ms. Rust is a graduate of the University of Connecticut at Storrs.

  • Robert R. AugsburgerRobert R. Augsburger

    Robert R. Augsburger

    Bob Augsburger, one of POST's original founders, served as the organization's first executive director, from 1977 to 1987. A lawyer and businessman, he worked in private industry for many years before becoming vice president of business and finance at Stanford University in 1971 and joining POST six years later. Responsible for identifying high-priority lands for permanent protection, he recognized early on the value of saving from development signature landscapes such as POST's first major acquisition, Windy Hill, as well as Mindego Hill, which POST eventually acquired in 2007 and transferred to the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District the following year.

    In 1982, while still at POST, Mr. Augsburger was instrumental in creating the Land Trust Exchange, now known as the Land Trust Alliance, a national organization representing more than 1,700 U.S. land trusts. He also served as a trustee of Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills, president of the Children's Health Council board, and senior adviser for the National Arts Stabilization group. After retiring from POST, he continued to serve on the organization's Advisory Council and was a lecturer at Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB), teaching courses in nonprofit management. A longtime resident of Portola Valley, he passed away on December 31, 2009.