This month's speaker is Brenda McClymonds, Senior Program Director of the Trust for Public Land.
Brenda McClymonds joined The Trust for Public Land in 1991, and has worked on manyof South Florida’s signature conservation efforts, including preserving Snake Warrior’s Island, the first Seminole settlement in South Florida, which is now a 53-acre park in Broward County, and leading the effort to save the Miami Circle, a 2000-year-old archaeological site at the mouth of the Miami River in downtown Miami. She launched the planning of the Miami River Greenway project in 1999, secured a $2.5 million grant from the Knight Foundation for the project, and used the private funds to leverage over $7 million in public funds for the construction of the greenway.
The Trust for Public Land has helped to protect over 50,000 acres in Miami-Dade, including large additions to Everglades National Park. In 2000, working with community leaders, The Trust for Public Land helped to add 10 critical acres to the Deering Estate, the Powers Property, which is helping to restore the natural water flow into the estuary. In 2004, The Trust for Public Land, working with the Village of Palmetto Bay and the State of Florida, helped to acquire the Hass property, now known as the Thalatta Estate, protecting 4 acres between Old Cutler and Biscayne Bay.
Representing the Conservation Finance Program of TPL, Brenda spearheaded the passage of a $200 million bond referendum for parks in Miami-Dade County in 1996 and a successful $400 million parks and land preservation bond measure in Broward County, Florida in 2000. Brenda worked on additional successful measures in South Florida, including West Palm Beach and St. Lucie County.
Beginning in 2004, Brenda served as the Director of Philanthropy for the South Division of The Trust for Public Land, leading the effort to restore 50 acres of City Park in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina by raising $2.5 million in private funds. Since 2012, she is re-focusing on South Florida as a Senior Urban Program Director. Brenda has a Juris Doctorate Degree from Nova University School of Law.