Our Team

Lad Akins, a longtime advocate for Florida Keys waters, was the founding executive director of the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) and is currently the CEO of Blue Earth Conservation. [email protected]


Sara Rankin brings a wealth of experience in nonprofit management and development in Florida and nationally with organizations including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Autism Speaks, the United Way and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. [email protected]


Akins and Rankin will lead efforts in the Keys and across Florida to expand private support for the protection and restoration of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, and conduct education and outreach programs that promote stewardship of our ocean and strengthen conservation.