The Lemur Conservation Foundation (LCF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of Madagascar’s primates, has selected Deborah Robbins Millman as its new executive director. Millman, who was chosen after a two-month intensive search in consultation with Relevant Strategies and Solutions, LLC, follows previous executive director Dr. Alison Grand, who left the organization in July, and LCF Trustee Charlene Wolff, who served as Interim Director.
Under Dr. Grand’s dedicated leadership, the organization built on its strengths and began a significant reserve expansion, including the creation of a third natural lemur habitat and plans to construct a much-needed third lemur shelter. Additionally, LCF’s programs in Madagascar have realized significant growth and impact in protecting endangered lemurs in their natural habitats. LCF anticipates that Millman will leverage these achievements to advance the organization to its next phase of development for a sustainable future.
“We are very excited to have Deborah taking on the role of the executive director of LCF,” says Scott Riviere, Board President. “Deborah brings to the job an exceptional combination of energy and compassion for wildlife, and a background with proven results-driven accomplishments. Deborah will not only continue to lead LCF’s dedicated staff, but will also work with partners and funders to help expand the organization’s excellent conservation programs. As LCF celebrates its Silver Anniversary next year, Deborah’s arrival marks an epoch for the Foundation’s next surge to save a critically- endangered group of animals.”
Millman joins LCF with more than 20 years of for-profit and nonprofit management, strategic development and animal advocacy, including more than a decade in Sarasota County. Millman had worked for the Humane Society of the United States since 2012, serving as director of operations at HSUS’ South Florida Wildlife Center in Fort Lauderdale and as director of Cape Wildlife Center on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The Venice resident has a master’s degree in political management from The George Washington University and is accredited in public relations. She is an award-winning journalist and has served on multiple Sarasota County boards.
The Lemur Conservation Foundation was founded in 1996 by conservationist and artist Penelope Bodry-Sanders. Its reserve in Myakka City, Florida serves as a private conservation breeding facility and site for visiting scientists and students studying lemur behavior. It is also home to the Anne and Walter Bladstrom Library which houses LCF’s book and art collection. Through a field office in Madagascar, LCF works to protect critical lemur habitat through reforestation, community development, eco-tourism, and education programs.