Board of Directors Announcement

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Saving Special Places • Building Better Communities

Haley Busch Joins 1000 Friends Staff as Outreach Director

Please join us in welcoming Haley Busch of St. Petersburg to 1000 Friends of Florida’s newly created position of Outreach Director. Haley joined staff on January 1, 2020 to promote a more sustainable future through collaboration with civic and conservation organizations across Florida.

1000 Friends President Paul Owens explains that Haley is working to connect a new generation of Floridians with 1000 Friends’ mission and assist in planning local workshops and other informational events statewide. “With her energy, enthusiasm and wealth of contacts across Florida, we know Haley will excel at engaging existing and new constituents, bringing workable strategies for sustainability to our rapidly growing state.”

“I am eager to continue coordinating with citizens concerned about our state’s future in a new capacity with the stalwart champions of smart growth, 1000 Friends of Florida,” says Haley.

Haley Busch

“It’s on all of us, and succeeding generations of Floridians, to have the foresight and resolve to shape the kind of state we want to live in, and I couldn’t be prouder to join this organization in building more vibrant communities and saving Florida’s special places,” Haley continues.

Prior to joining 1000 Friends, Haley was the Administrator for the Florida Conservation Coalition where she helped conservation leaders build consensus on policy solutions to Florida’s pressing environmental challenges. Haley will also continue to work as a consultant to FCC through March to assist the organization during this period of transition.

“We have enjoyed working with Haley in the past through the Florida Conservation Coalition, and are pleased to have her join our staff,” explains 1000 Friends Board Chair Susan L. Trevarthen. “The Board is strongly supportive of her outreach mission.”

Haley is a founding board member of the Florida Futures Project, a statewide scholarship competition for high school seniors to craft solutions to large-scale challenges facing the Sunshine State. A Gainesville native, she graduated from Eckerd College, Phi Beta Kappa (St. Petersburg, Florida), and obtained her master’s degree of Public and Urban Policy from the University of Glasgow (United Kingdom). Haley resides in St. Petersburg with her husband where she enjoys kayaking, birdwatching and long runs at Fort DeSoto Park and along the Pinellas Trail.

“Since its inception in 1986, 1000 Friends’ commitment to engaging citizens in community planning has remained unwavering,” notes Paul. “The selection of Haley as our new Outreach Director is a logical next step and yet another confirmation of our belief that citizens make a difference.”