Newsmakers


Eco-Diplomacy Powers On

How the Conservancy’s Rob Moher raises money and awareness on issues that matter.

  On a warm fall day in the middle of the week, Rob Moher makes the rounds of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, where he is president and CEO. Dressed in khakis and a button-down shirt with brown leather oxfords on his feet and a pair of glasses perched on his nose, he looks more like a schoolteacher than an environmental crusader. When he talks—and he talks to everyone, staff, volunteers and interns alike—he is friendly and genuine, not so much soft-spoken as gently spoken. It comes as no surprise when he says that if he hadn’t gone into environmentalism, he would have become a diplomat. Tom Campbell was on the Conservancy’s board when Moher applied for the development director position, and he says Moher is one of those rare environmentalists who can work with all sides. Campbell knew Marjory Stoneman Douglas, who wrote River of Grass and was one of the most powerful forces for early environmentalism in this state, and says that, in many ways, Moher has the same effect on people. “One of the great things about Marjory,” Campbell says, “was that on the few occasions she spoke in front of the Florida Legislature, when she walked in the door you could hear a pin drop. This was back in the old days when it was a rough bunch. No matter what the various interests of the people there were, they had the utmost respect for her and what she said. I would say Rob has followed in those footsteps. Even the people he has to go up against sometimes, when it
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