Anne is the Coastal Restoration Program Director for The Nature Conservancy's Florida Chapter. She holds a Bachelor and Master of Science degree in Biology with a concentration in Marine Ecology. She is collaborating with partners throughout the state on restoration of priority marine habitats such as oyster reefs and seagrass. Prior to working statewide coastal issue Anne directed the Conservancy’s Indian River Lagoon program and Blowing Rocks Preserve. Anne oversees the very successful oyster reef restoration project in the Mosquito Lagoon that she helped initiate in 2005. She has garnered more than $1 million in public grants, private funding and partner support to advance this project. Under her direction this community-based program has established a model volunteer program with more than 10,000 volunteers helping to restore 42 reefs, and counting, since 2005. The project is a perfect blend of science-based methodologies applied and community support and contributes to the Conservancy’s global work on protection of shellfish reefs.
Anne serves as a Core Team member of the Peninsular Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperative has helped lead the Chapter’s Northern Everglades project for the Conservancy. Most recently, she was tapped to lead the Florida Chapter’s Gulf of Mexico work, focusing on building partnerships and restoration projects. Her primary focus will be Charlotte Harbor with some work also in Pensacola Bay and other marine priority areas.
Before joining the Conservancy, Anne directed the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) Program. During her tenure with the EEL Program, she developed several large-scale land acquisition proposals that resulted in the protection more than 21,000 acres of environmentally sensitive lands throughout the county. In addition, Anne oversaw the planning and construction of Brevard's first Management & Education Center, located at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary, which the Conservancy helped acquire.