Ron Osterbauer began as the Director of Operations and Development for the Glacier Symphony on February 27th, 2019, relocating from Minnesota to Montana. He brings over 40 years of non-profit experience which has included positions as CEO, Executive Director and Development Director for various nonprofit organizations in Minnesota.
He started with nonprofits in the environmental education area and launched the nonprofit River Bend Nature Center as its first Executive Director in Faribault, Minnesota on a 500-acre parcel of land. He then worked at The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota where he led the efforts to launch national education programs with birds of prey through a partnership with Target as well as a national program to use satellite telemetry to track migrational patterns of osprey through the support of Canon USA. The Raptor Center was the first organization to have a live bald eagle ride in the 2000 Rosebowl Parade on the Target float, featuring Amy Grant, with Ron handling the eagle!
Ron has also worked for nonprofits in human services, restorative justice, integrative health and medicine as well as nonprofits providing legal services to low-income families. Ron has also been an adjunct professor for two Minnesota Universities teaching course on Minnesota Wildflowers and Budgets and Finance.
Ron and his wife Peggy are relocating to the Flathead Valley to be near to their daughter Maggie, son-in-law Cooper and granddaughter Emma. In his spare time Ron enjoys spending time in the outdoors fishing, hiking and doing bird banding as he is a federally licensed Master Bird Bander.