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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 the
Natural Areas Initiative which protects
natural areas in the City and expanded
NYC Audubon's Education Program to
include trips 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
Subcommittee.

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