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James Evans III, left, has been promoted to CEO by the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation. File photo: Nathan Mayberg

James Evans has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, which was announced by the foundation this week.

Evans currently serves as SCCF’s environmental policy director. He was previously the Director of Natural Resources for Sanibel and worked there for over two decades. He has been involved in environmental education, water quality policy and research, habitat management and water quality policy for SCCF.

Ryan Orgera has been the SCCF’s CEO since 2018. Evans will take over. Orgera last month announced his intention to leave SCCF as the new global director of an International Fisheries Management Project.

“In his current position, James has worked closely with Ryan on a wide variety of new initiatives, meaningful partnerships, and challenging issues,”Don Rice, the President of the SCCF Board of Trustees stated this in a press release announcing Evans’ promotion.

“As this organization’s new leader, James will be respectful of the past and is well-positioned for the future. The trustees have every confidence he will maintain the momentum and path forward established during Ryan’s tenure while bringing his own vision and priorities to the job.”

Evans will take over as the CEO of Evans after a transition period lasting six weeks.

“I’m thrilled to be handing the helm over to James. His deep knowledge of our coastal ecosystems and what needs to happen to restore and preserve them is a great fit for SCCF,”Orgera declared.

“I feel like I have been a part of the SCCF family for the past two decades,”In a SCCF press release, Evans stated this. “I have worked closely with many of our dedicated and talented staff for quite some time and am eager to lead them in writing the next chapters of this great organization’s impressive conservation story,”Evans stated.

SCCF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect and care for Southwest Florida’s coastal ecosystems. The group’s work focuses on environmental education, land and wildlife, policy and advocacy, sea turtles and shorebirds, and water quality research.

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