The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is pleased to announce the hire of Meredith Barnard as its new environmental policy analyst. In this position, Barnard will focus primarily on the organization’s oil and gas campaign, and she will also assist on various natural resource policy issues.
Barnard earned a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science from University of Miami and a master’s degree in Marine and Environmental Affairs from the University of Washington. Her master’s research focused on volunteer tourism and volunteer contribution to sea turtle conservation efforts. Prior to joining the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Barnard worked at the Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve as an environmental specialist II, and as the program and volunteer coordinator at Naples Equestrian Challenge. Barnard spent several years leading volunteer programs abroad, including sea turtle conservation in Costa Rica and marine and environmental monitoring in Fiji. Barnard is a graduate of the Leadership Collier Foundation’s Growing Associate In Naples™ (GAIN™) class, an active board member of the University of Miami’s SW Florida Canes Alumni Association and she is actively involved in the Young Professionals of Naples and the Naples Junior Women’s club.
“In order to make a difference in our environment, we must first lay the ground work by ensuring environmental policies are comprehensively designed to protect our world’s natural resources,” said Rob Moher, Conservancy of Southwest Florida President and CEO. “Our environmental policy team is truly committed to making a difference in our community by providing recommendations for the creation of new policies and promoting solutions for policies in need of modification. It is great to see this team grow, and we are excited to see Barnard excel as she contributes to our team’s continued work.”
About the Conservancy of Southwest Florida:
The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is a not-for-profit environmental protection organization with a 50 year history focused on the issues impacting the water, land wildlife and future of Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Conservancy accomplishes this mission through the combined efforts of its experts in the areas of environmental science, policy, education and wildlife rehabilitation. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, world-class Nature Center and von Arx Wildlife Hospital are headquartered in Naples, Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, south of the Naples Zoo off Goodlette-Frank Road. Learn more about the Conservancy’s work and how to support the quality of life in Southwest Florida www.conservancy.org.