Mr. Gelb grew up in Israel, where he served three years as
a paratrooper and navigation instructor in the Israeli army. He receiving
his BA in economics from University of Rochester and worked for three
years at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
He holds a Masters from Columbia University in environmental science
and policy, and has worked for the United Nations where he
prepared a report on the implementation of the clean-development mechanism,
an important component of the Kyoto Protocol.
In 2004, after graduating from Columbia University, Mr. Gelb became
NYC Audubon's Program Director. During this time, Mr. Gelb
expanded the scope of the conservation, research, and education programs,
emphasizing regional collaborations and scientific research. His work
on the Harbor Herons Project - a program to protect NYC's wading birds
- included aerial research from the Fujifilm blimp and a report detailing
the main flight lines used by the birds.
Other initiatives include the drafting of a conservation plan for
the Harbor Herons as well as the creation of the GIS-based Harbor
Herons Habitat Database.
In his work on Project Safe Flight - a program dedicated to
protecting migratory birds - Mr. Gelb has designed and carried out
various field research projects focused on urban bird collisions.
He also led the Lights Out NY campaign, chaired the Science
Committee on the Bird Safe Glass Working
Group, and assisted
with the retrofitting of
bird kill zones in NYC. Mr. Gelb directed
Natural Areas Initiative which protects
natural areas in
the City and expanded
NYC Audubon's Education Program to
by bus and boat to view
wildlife in the NYC region.
He was a member of NYC Audubon's Conservation Committee and
various other regional committees, including NY-NJ Harbor Estuary
Program's (HEP) Habitat Work Group and Harbor Herons