Northwest Florida Representative
Areas of Expertise: Florida conservation issues; land conservation planning and protection, growth management; transportation planning; grassroots organizing; legislative and executive advocacy; non-profit management
Kent is responsible for advocating for acquisition and easements to maintain wildlife habitat and landscape linkages across Northwest Florida, a focal landscape for Defenders. He also advocates for coastal protection, sound transportation planning and preserving essential habitat for key and endangered species ranging from sea turtles, gopher tortoises, beach mice and manatees to the return of the Florida panther. He serves on the East Panhandle Bear Stakeholder Group to advocate for habitat protection and wildlife-human conflict avoidance and is Vice Chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee for sales tax expenditures in Tallahassee and Leon County.
Kent joined Defenders in 2014 and has been involved in planning, advocating and protecting greenways and conservation lands in Florida for over 25 years. Formerly, he was the Outreach Director for the Florida Water and Land Legacy Campaign, and was the Florida Trail Association’s Interim Executive Director and Program and Policy Director of its Florida National Scenic Trail program. Kent has served as a greenways planner for the Florida Office of Greenways and Trails, 1000 Friends of Florida, National Park Service and USDA Forest Service. Kent’s volunteer service includes being President, Vice President and Secretary for the Partnership for the National Trails System, and Chair and Vice Chair of the Florida Greenways and Trails Council.
Kent is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and he earned a M.S. in Environmental Planning from Florida State University and a B.S. in Natural Resources from Ball State University.