A New Leader For The Waterkeeper

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Southwest Florida Environmental nonprofit Calusa Waterkeeper has hired Connie Ramos-Williams as its new Executive Director. Ramos-Williams will work with Waterkeeper Codty Pierce to safeguard the region’s water resources, promote environmental awareness, and advocate for policies that protect and enhance water quality.

From 2007 to 2022 she served as founder, president, and CEO of a regional marketing agency. Prior to that Ramos-Williams founded and published a regional parenting magazine with a readership of 50,000. She also served several years as the Niche Advertising Director at the News-Press, part of the USA TODAY network. Her nonprofit leadership experience is extensive. Most recently she served several years as the Advisory Board Chair for Blessings in a Backpack of Southwest Florida.

Calusa Waterkeeper’s Board of Directors said, “We welcome Connie’s dynamic leadership and advocacy in our fight for drinkable, fishable, swimmable water in our region,” said Calusa Waterkeeper president Chuck Avery. “Her passion for our mission and vision to expand the organization’s reach, partnerships, and impact across the region to ensure sustainable water quality for generations to come is energizing.”

“Due to our region’s ongoing water crisis, I am stepping out of early retirement to take a lead role in the clean water movement as Calusa Waterkeeper’s new Executive Director,” said Connie Ramos-Williams. “Clean water is essential for the economic well-being and overall health of our communities, wildlife, and ecosystems and Calusa Waterkeeper’s science-based research, programs, and projects are making a local impact. I look forward to working with the dedicated team at Calusa Waterkeeper to advocate for policies that prioritize water quality and to engage the community in protecting our precious water resources.”

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