The Nature Conservancy Adds New Staff to the Florida Team
Maitland, FL | May 17, 2017
The Nature Conservancy in Florida welcomes several new staff members to the organization in positions focused on philanthropy, government relations, land conservation, field initiatives, and urban conservation. We continue to welcome experts to our team who can lead and implement programs and propel our organization towards conservation goals throughout the state.
“Over the past six months, eight exceptional individuals dedicated to conservation have joined our team,” said Temperince Morgan, Executive Director, The Nature Conservancy in Florida. “Our strength as an organization comes from the expertise of our staff, whose unique combination of scientific knowledge, policy, fundraising, land management, outreach and effective project management enable us to do breakthrough work across the organization. With the continued support of our donors, we’re poised to have transformational conservation impact in Florida.”
Megan Wenrich (Orlando) joins the Conservancy as Director of Philanthropy. In this role, Megan oversees and implements a comprehensive philanthropy program, and leads a team that secures significant resources from individuals, corporations, and foundations based in Florida. Megan will prepare the Florida Chapter for substantial contributions to the Conservancy’s organization-wide fundraising campaign. Just prior to joining the Conservancy, Megan was a Partner at Resilient Philanthropy, working with clients across the country, including running a $50 million campaign for one client. She developed major gifts programs, conducted fundraising assessments, provided fundraising training, conducted feasibility studies and served as interim staff. Previously, Megan led a campaign for the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, and managed the major gifts program for National Wildlife Federation. Megan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Biology from Hollis University and a Master of Environmental Law from Vermont Law School. Her experiences studying wildlife management in Kenya and working for the National Outdoor Leadership School in Alaska inspired her to devote her career to ensuring the planet’s greatest natural treasures would exist for future generations.
Peter Lefferts (Naples) joins the Conservancy as the Senior Associate Director of Philanthropy. In this role, Peter works with the Conservancy’s members and donors throughout southwest Florida to promote conservation initiatives. Peter brings over 15 years of fundraising experience on the Gulf Coast to his new position, including experience with Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, the Village School in Naples, and the Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation in Fort Myers. He has also served on the board of directors of the Planned Giving Council of Lee County and the Greater Naples Area Planned Giving Council. Originally from Philadelphia, Peter earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Westminster College (PA), Master of Arts in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University, and Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from Loyola University (IL).
Ali Rieck (Orlando) joins the Conservancy as Philanthropy Writer. In this role, Ali crafts proposals, materials and content to relay the Conservancy’s efforts, successes, and opportunities to donor audiences. Ali comes to the organization after five years as grants manager at the Orlando Science Center, where she helped raise over $6 million through proposals to foundations, corporations, and government agencies. Prior to working at the Science Center, Ali worked at Johns Hopkins University and University Press of Florida. Ali holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, cum laude, and a Minor in the History of Science from the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Garrett Wallace (West Palm Beach) joins the Conservancy as Government Relations Manager. In this role, Garrett leads efforts for the Florida chapter’s work to support healthy coasts, connected lands and waters, and climate issues, through sound policy implementation. Garrett collaborates with the Conservancy’s U.S. Government Relations team to reach the Florida Congressional Delegation and engage support for the chapter’s conservation efforts at the national level. Garrett has 19 years of experience working on water resource and environmental issues at the St. Johns River and South Florida Water Management Districts, and in private industry. Previously, Garrett held the role of Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Alico Inc. where he oversaw regulatory compliance for 122,000 acres of agricultural land in Florida and the interactions between Alico and the state and federal government. Additionally, Garrett has been a member of the Florida Chapter of the American Water Resources Association and has served as a board member since 2006.
Lindsay Stevens (Tallahassee) joins the Conservancy as Land Program Manager. In this role, Lindsay will provide strategic leadership for the Chapter’s land protection efforts including implementation of conservation real estate transactions and planning for the protection of critical areas in Florida. Prior to joining the Conservancy, Lindsay was the Planner in Residence with the Florida State University Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Her work included research on a wide variety of land use and transportation planning issues including the potential impact of automated vehicles on growth and development of urban areas and tactical urbanism as a mechanism for community revitalization. Lindsay previously served on the executive team for Wakulla County, Florida as Assistant County Administrator, and was responsible for overseeing both the Public Safety and Planning and Community Development Departments. Her background includes work with The Trust for Public Land on conservation planning projects and real estate transactions. Lindsay worked as a land use and real estate attorney with Baker & Hostetler LLP and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Winthrop University, as well as a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning and a Juris Doctor from Florida State University.
Cristin Krasco (Hobe Sound) joins the Conservancy as Blowing Rocks Preserve Manager. In this role, Cristin will be responsible for overseeing facilities management, developing the Preserve’s education and outreach programs, and working with our local partners on strategic projects. She will also work closely with the Field Initiatives department’s land and marine conservation staff in South Florida to maintain Blowing Rock Preserve’s ecological values while enhancing TNC’s conservation impact in the surrounding communities. Cristin earned her Bachelor of Arts in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Arizona and Master of Science in Science Education from Oregon State University. To combine her passion for science education and coastal ecosystems, Cristin spent her early career teaching outdoor and environmental education in coastal areas in Washington, Georgia, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She moved to Southeast Florida in 2006 after accepting a position as a Marine Science Instructor at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution in Fort Pierce, and went on to work as Education Specialist and Volunteer Coordinator for the Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce, a branch of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History.
Tiffany Howard (Orlando) joins the Conservancy as Invasive Species Steward at the Disney Wilderness Preserve. In this role, Tiffany works to survey and control invasive species and participate in prescribed burning to help manage and conserve the lands and natural systems at the preserve. Prior to joining the Conservancy in Florida, Tiffany interned with the Conservancy’s fire program in Perdido, Alabama, and then worked with the National Park Service as a Biological Science Technician in Hazen, North Dakota doing invasive species removal and prairie restoration. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Critical Thinking and Inquiry from William Jewell College. Tiffany began her career in natural resource management with Americorps in Rochester, Minnesota and with the Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa.
Sonia Succar Rodríguez (Miami) joins the Conservancy as Urban Program Manager. In this role, Sonia continues the development and expansion of the Conservancy’s urban conservation program in Miami, including current projects and partnerships, and opportunities for additional efforts. Previously at the Everglades Foundation, Sonia helped to secure $2.7 million in donations to support the prize program of a first-ever science competition, and expanded the network, global reach, and partnerships of the Foundation. Sonia has also worked for the City of Miami and the City of Coral Gables. She implemented several initiatives including smart growth planning, energy efficiency, smart city operations, urban forestry and green development planning programs to increase the resilience of urban areas to environmental challenges. Prior to that, Sonia was a field engineer for Turner Construction, where she served on one of the nation’s largest multi-modal transportation projects and expanded the company’s investments in sustainable development. Sonia graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Growth Management from Rollins College, and a Master of Arts in Environmental Management from Harvard University.
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