Rob Moher has been selected as president and CEO of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Following an extensive national search led by the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Board of Directors, Moher was selected among more than 100 applicants. He assumes the role immediately, and brings more than 25 years of experience in local, regional and international conservation organizations to the position.
For the past 14 years, Moher has held senior management positions at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Most recently, Moher served as interim COO of the Conservancy helping to fill the role of former Conservancy President and CEO Andrew McElwaine following his departure in July. During this time, Moher worked closely with Conservancy interim CEO Ken Krier, vice-chair of the Conservancy board of directors.
“Rob Moher is a global visionary who has worked collaboratively with the board and his staff to develop a strategic plan designed to position the Conservancy for continued growth and impact,” said Krier. “It has been an honor to work with him during this interim period and I join the board in wishing him great success.”
As Vice-President of Development and Marketing, Moher led strategic philanthropic initiatives and provided leadership support for the successful Conservancy “Saving Southwest Florida” Capital Campaign which raised $38.8 million toward the construction and renovation of the enhanced Conservancy Nature Center as well as funding for policy and science endowments.
“Throughout his tenure at the Conservancy, Rob has been instrumental in establishing collaborative partnerships with local individuals, businesses and community groups to help further the Conservancy mission,” said Tucker Tyler, former chairman of the Conservancy Board of Directors who led the search committee. “In addition, he empowers the staff, volunteers and board with the direction and resources to positively impact the organization and the greater Southwest Florida community.”
Before coming to the Conservancy, Moher served as Regional Director for Bahamas National Trust where he was responsible for protection, management and development of three national parks including coastal and marine parks. Prior to that, he served as a Research Officer for the International Development Research Center in Ottawa, Canada where he was involved in environmental policy research on an international level.
Moher earned a Masters of Arts in International Affairs from Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. In addition, Moher is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and completed his Certificate in Fundraising Management (CFRM) from Indiana University Fundraising School. In 2012, Moher was named Fundraising Executive of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Everglades Chapter.
“With our 50th anniversary season upon us, it is an opportune time to reflect on our accomplishments as a conservation community as well as to challenge ourselves to advance the mission of the Conservancy to preserve our quality of life in Southwest Florida,” said Moher. “However, none of this would be possible without the support of our talented, hard-working staff, dedicated volunteers and loyal members and supporters. They bring an array of experiences, expertise and talents that inspire and motivate me every day. I am grateful for their continued support of our mission and look forward to what we will accomplish together.”
Conservancy of Southwest Florida Board Chair Lynn Slabaugh added, “Rob has consistently demonstrated effective leadership qualities, in-depth knowledge of the organization, and a great passion and commitment to the purpose and mission of the Conservancy. As the Conservancy prepares to celebrate 50 years of helping to protect our land, water and wildlife in Southwest Florida, there is no one better prepared to lead and inspire this organization into the future than Rob Moher.”
About the Conservancy of Southwest Florida:
The Conservancy of Southwest Florida began in 1964 when community leaders came together to defeat a proposed “Road to Nowhere” and spearheaded the acquisition and protection of Rookery Bay. The Conservancy is a not-for-profit grassroots organization focused on the critical environmental issues of the Southwest Florida region with a mission to protect the region’s water, land and wildlife. This is accomplished through the combined efforts of environmental education, science, policy, and wildlife rehabilitation. The von Arx Wildlife Hospital treats in excess of 3,200 injured, sick and orphaned animals each year and releases about half of them back into their native habitats. Conservancy of Southwest Florida and its Nature Center are located in Naples, Fla. at 1495 Smith Preserve Way south of the Naples Zoo off Goodlette-Frank Road. For information about the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, call 239-262-0304 or visit www.conservancy.org.