Stan Bronson is a seven generation Floridian, born in Orlando, with undergrad education done at Florida Southern College and grad work done at Florida Atlantic University and the University of Florida. Spending most of his career in the citrus industry, 14 years of which was COO of a large citrus operation, in 1999 he joined the extension faculty of the University of Florida, developing a natural resources education program for South Florida ecosystem restoration initiatives. That program has evolved into the Florida Earth Foundation, begun in January 2002. FEF is a public-private partnership of over 120 agencies, universities, industries, and not-for-profits, whose mission is to “put people together through education, outreach, and facilitation to ensure the environmental integrity of Florida and quality of life.”  Bronson served as Executive Director of Florida Earth, which administered the nation’s only permanent program with the United Nations, the UNESCO-IHE/Florida Earth Partnership. Florida Earth also ran the US-Netherlands Connection (USNC) program, which brought teams of delegates from the US to the Netherlands to see Dutch expertise in water infrastructure and management, especially as it related to sea-level rise adaptation and resilience. Coming from a ranching family who supplied the land for Walt Disney World in the 1960s, Stan’s love of the land has always been an inspiration throughout his career.