Eric Draper - Ex-officio Board Member
Eric Draper is Director of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Recreation and Parks. Florida’s 175 state parks and trails,1000 employees and nearly 15,000 volunteers provide more than 30 million unique visitor experiences on 800,000 acres of the state’s best managed conservation land and have a $3 billion annual economic impact.
Prior to being Director of the Florida Park Service, Eric Draper was President of the Florida Audubon Society. During his career he was a leading advocate for water and land conservation and Everglades restoration and is credited with helping secure billions in environmental spending and playing a lead role in most state environment policy decisions over the past three decades. In addition to his work in Florida, he spent five years in Washington DC leading grassroots environmental policy campaigns.