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Vivian Young Serving as Interim President

Because of family commitments, Ryan Smart has resigned his position as President of 1000 Friends of Florida to return to Jacksonville. The Board of Directors accepted his resignation with the understanding that family must always come first. We wish Ryan all the best and are sure he will be an outstanding advocate on issues facing our state.
In the meantime, Communications Director Vivian Young, AICP has agreed to serve as Interim President until that position is filled. Vivian has been with 1000 Friends for close to 22 years and will keep 1000 Friends’ agenda moving forward while helping to guide the process to hire a new President. Policy and Planning Director Thomas Hawkins, JD, AICP, is leading 1000 Friends’ lobbying efforts during the 2018 Florida Legislative Session and assisting citizens and advocacy groups with their efforts. Operations and Development Director Toni Russell continues to keep the office running smoothly and efficiently and provide stewardship to our donors. Finally, Legal Counsel Robert Hartsell is representing us on key issues.
Each and every one of our board and staff is committed to doing what’s best for 1000 Friends – and Florida — and will keep you informed as our important work continues. You may contact staff at friends@1000fof.org or by calling 850-222-6277. Thank you for your support.

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