Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast is pleased to announce the hiring of Andria Piekarz in the new role of Director of Philanthropy. Andria serves as the chief team strategist for fund development charged with the planning and implementation of a comprehensive development plan to support the mission of Conservation Foundation.
An experienced marketing and development executive with a strong track record of growing revenues for global, entrepreneurial organizations, Andria has worked in the nonprofit sector in the local region for the past five years, most recently as VP of Philanthropy for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast. Her experience includes strategic planning, major gift program development, the cultivation of sustaining corporate partnerships, leading board engagement in fundraising, broad event management, donor cultivation and public relations. Andria holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Barnard College.
Prior to her work in the region, Andria held a number of executive management roles for rapidly growing businesses which provided her with broad exposure to the world and instilled a deep connection to the environment. “We are pleased that Andria has joined us,” stated Foundation President, Christine P. Johnson. “Her skill set complements our strong team and will help us move our land conservation accomplishments to the next level.”
Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast works with landowners, businesses, and government to protect the character, natural integrity and biodiversity of the bays, beaches, barrier islands and watersheds on Florida’s Gulf Coast. The Foundation purchases natural areas, holds conservation agreements and educates for responsible land and water 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