Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast is pleased to announce the hiring of Debi Osborne as Director of Land Protection. Osborne begins September 4, following seven years at National Audubon Society as Director of Real Estate. In her role at Audubon, Osborne oversaw the acquisition of new property interests and management of Audubon’s real estate portfolio, totaling more than 150,000 acres nationwide including additions to Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Naples and Lanark Reef in Apalachicola Bay. Prior to joining Audubon, Osborne worked for the Trust for Public Land for seventeen years. In addition to specific land conservation transactions, Osborne has assisted communities and public agencies with land conservation visioning, finance and stewardship issues. She has worked with numerous land trusts, serving on the boards of Maryland Land Trust Alliance and VaULT (Virginia’s United Land Trusts) and conducting conservation training workshops at local, regional and national conferences.
Osborne has a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Harvard University and undergraduate degrees in Social Ecology and Urban Geography from the University of California, Irvine.
“Debi brings the credentials and deep experience of a land trust professional, coupled with the passion of someone who truly loves saving land,” notes Foundation President, Christine P. Johnson. “She will help drive our ambitious land preservation agenda over the years to come.”
Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast works with landowners, businesses, and government to protect the beauty and natural integrity of bays, beaches, barrier islands and watersheds on the Gulf Coast. The Foundation purchases natural areas, holds conservation easements and educates for responsible stewardship. Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast also works with Sarasota County’s acclaimed environmentally sensitive lands program, their neighborhood parks program, and is a nationally accredited land trust. Learn more at www.conservationfoundation.com