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Darden Rice takes reins at Gulf Restoration Network

The other half of Darden Rice breaking away from day-to-day action at Bob Hackworth's campaign for Pinellas County Commission is this:

Rice, a St. Petersburg activist, will be the Florida program chief for Gulf Restoration Network, taking over for Joe Murphy.

From Murphy's email today:

As most of y’all know I am leaving the GRN after three years as our Florida Program Director.  I love GRN, and will continue to support and volunteer with GRN.  My wife and I are adopting two children this summer (we have been spending a lot of time with them and it is great!), and I am making a career change to have a more stable/family schedule.  I’ll be doing some contract/consulting environmental work in 2010 post GRN as I go back to school to get my Florida Teaching Certificate and seek work as a public school teacher in Hernando County.  Thank you to everyone who sent me well wishes regarding this, and Becky and I are thrilled to be starting a family.  I’m excited about being a Dad, and a teacher!
More importantly we are thrilled to announce that GRN has hired Darden Rice as our new Florida Staff Person!  Many of you know Darden from her years of excellent work in Florida doing conservation and political work, and from her extensive and excellent work organizing and leading conservation campaigns to protect our coastlines and ensure a better energy future.  Darden has very strong communication and media skills, is an incredible campaign planner, is a very talented advocate and organizer, and has built and grown numerous successful political and conservation coalitions.  GRN is thrilled that we have found someone of her experience and expertise to move our Florida program forward.
My last day with GRN is Monday May 31st.  Darden’s first day with GRN will be Monday May 17th.  We’ll be working together in the second ½ of May on both the response to the BP Oil Spill Disaster and work to protect Florida’s coasts, and on ensuring a successful transition of our Florida work and program going forward.

David DeCamp, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:35pm]


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