Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast has announced Lee Ann Rodriguez as its new director of philanthropy. Rodriguez joins the Conservation Foundation to support its mission of protecting southwest Florida’s unique landscape.
Rodriguez comes to Conservation Foundation with more than 20 years of combined experience at the private, non-for-profit, higher education and government sectors. Her expertise consists of strategic planning and resource development, including fundraising, grant writing and research administration, among others.
Prior to her recent four-year tenure with New College Foundation, Lee Ann was the Development Manager at Para la Naturaleza of the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico (CTPR). There, Rodriguez led the development team to support the organization’s mission of protecting land of high ecological value through major gifts, corporate giving and private grants. While at CTPR, she received the Citizen Science Champion of Change 2013 award from President Obama.
“Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast is successfully protecting the most environmentally sensitive lands, engaging citizens in conservation, and securing essential resources to advance their vision,” Rodriguez says. “I look forward to engaging with our community and with those invested in our organization. Together we will continue to save places that make a difference in our lives and the lives of generations to come.”