Pafford named CEO of Marshall Foundation for the Everglades [The Palm Beach Post, Fla. :: ]
(Palm Beach Post (FL) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Feb. 12--The Arthur R. Marshall Foundation for The Everglades has selected state Rep. Mark S. Pafford, D-West Palm Beach, as Chief Executive Officer. He is the first CEO of the 15-year-old environmental education foundation.
Pafford expects to begin the full-time position with the foundation this spring. He does not expect there will be a conflict of interest between his position with the foundation and his duties as an elected official but has asked for a legal opinion to remove any doubt.
"It's a subject that is near and dear to my heart," said Pafford, who leads free, guided tours throughout wildlife areas in South Florida. "Blended with my nonprofit experience and fund-raising it's really going to be a great opportunity at a time when Everglades restoration and water quality issues are a very high priority for a lot of people."
Early in his career, Pafford worked as a naturalist with the Metro-Dade Parks Department at Arch Creek Park in North Miami, Florida. He later served as a congressional aide from 1989 to 1992.
Pafford received his Bachelor of Public Administration degree at Florida International University in 1988 and moved to Palm Beach County in 1993, where he worked as a Senior Coordinator for the Village of Royal Palm Beach and later joined the legislative office of State Representative Lois Frankel.
After working more than 20 years of working in community based non-profit organizations, including the CEO of the Alzheimer's Association Southeast Florida Chapter, he was elected to the Florida House of Representatives, unopposed, in 2008. He is now serving his third term.
Pafford will lead a team of professional environmental educators and Everglades science experts in programs including the Foundation's Everglades canoe expedition, college summer intern program and the 2014 Sea Level Rise Symposium.
"Mark Pafford's knowledge of the Everglades, his non-profit fund-raising experience and his passion for environmental education placed him at the top of the consideration list," said Marshall Foundation Board Vice President Michael Davis. "Mark has all the essential experiences that are critical to running the Foundation, including more than 14 years of successful non-profit fund-raising and management experience."
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