Catalina Island

New Chief Operating Officer Brings Decades of Expertise to The Catalina Island Conservancy

Southern California native Tony Budrovich is the new COO of the Catalina Island Conservancy. 

Tony Budrovich, who has more than three decades of experience working with nonprofit organizations and public venues that educate and inform the public, is the Catalina Island Conservancy’s new chief operating officer.

“I love the Conservancy’s focus on conservation, education and recreation,” Budrovich said. “Working with the Conservancy’s fine staff and its dedicated volunteers, I am confident we can grow the organization and remain true to its mission of protecting and restoring the Island for future generations to enjoy.”

Budrovich recently joined the Conservancy, after spending 18 years as deputy director of the California Science Center and senior vice president of the California Science Center Foundation. There he was responsible for 350 staff, 150 volunteers and all operations. Among Budrovich’s many accomplishments, he led the construction project for the new building that houses the Science Center’s most popular exhibit, the Space Shuttle Endeavour.

Budrovich first developed his skills in public educational venues through his leadership positions at Sea World Inc. and Marineland of the Pacific, a popular attraction on the Palos Verdes peninsula that closed its doors in 1987. He’s also worked with numerous other companies as a consultant focused on improving management and guest experiences.

A Southern California native, Budrovich grew up on the coast and viewed Catalina Island as an escape from the “big city.” He’s moved from Torrance to Middle Ranch on Catalina Island with his wife, Noelle. He works in the Conservancy’s office in Avalon.

About the Conservancy

Formed in 1972, the Catalina Island 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 approximately 42,000 acres of land and more than 60 miles of rugged shoreline. It provides an airport and 50 miles of biking and nearly 150 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 60 species – and counting – that are found only on Catalina. For additional information, please visit

Photo courtesy of the Catalina Island Conservancy