Mr. Kenneth D. Haddad, Governance Committee Chair

Mr. Kenneth D. Haddad As retired Executive Director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Ken Haddad knows first-hand the challenges involved in managing the State’s fish and wildlife resources. FWC is responsible for rule-making, management, enforcement and research relative to fish and wildlife resources statewide. The Wildlife Foundation of Florida provides the FWC funding for projects that might not otherwise be possible.

“There are a lot of people who want to see our fish and wildlife healthy and the Foundation provides them a way to help,” Haddad said. “The Foundation ensures their money is going toward meeting high-priority State needs–from protection of wildlife and habitat to preserving our heritage of hunting and fishing.”

From 2002 to 2009, Haddad served as Executive Director of FWC and provided day-to-day administrative leadership for the 1,875+ full-time and 840+ OPS employees of the FWC. From 1993 to 2002, Haddad served as the Director of the FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, formerly known as the Florida Marine Research Institute. As Director, he was responsible for coordinating scientific monitoring and assessment of Florida’s marine resources. Haddad also served as Interim Director of the FWC’s Division of Marine Fisheries in 2000-01.

Haddad has served as Vice-President of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, an appointee to the federal Sport-fishing and Boating Partnership Council, a member of the State Lands Acquisition and Restoration Council, a member of the executive committee for the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and serves as Chairman of the Everglades Restoration Task Force’s Science Coordinating Group.

He is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking and biking.


(Term ends 1/1/16)
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