>Rankin brings a wealth of experience in nonprofit management and development in Florida and nationally with organizations including Autism Speaks, the United Way and the American Lung Association.
>"We are excited to welcome Lad and Sara to the Florida Keys chapter," said Kris Sarri, president and CEO of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. "Their leadership success at nonprofit organizations combined with their demonstrated commitment and passion for conserving the waters of the Keys makes clear that they are the right choices to lead the chapter."
>First formed in January 2019 through a merger with the Sanctuary Friends Foundation of the Florida Keys, the chapter's priorities include establishing partnerships with local businesses and organizations to invest in on-the-water conservation projects. The chapter's current programs include supporting marine debris removal through Goal: Clean Seas Florida Keys, improving buoy and marker infrastructure to support sustainable recreational use, and supporting efforts to combat coral disease and restore the reef ecosystem.
>The chapter supports Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, which protects spectacular, unique and nationally significant marine resources, including North America's only coral barrier reef, extensive seagrass beds, mangrove-fringed islands and more than 6,000 species of marine life. The sanctuary also protects an estimated 800 underwater historic sites. As one North America's most popular diving and fishing destinations, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary supports the region's success in global tourism, with more than half the jobs in Monroe County tied to ocean activities resulting in $3.7 billion in sales and income in 2017. Beyond its recreation riches, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary provides innovative education programs, citizen science, volunteer opportunities, and high-tech research and conservation work.