Steve Crisafulli Appointed To Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida Board of Directors
By Space Coast Daily // December 21, 2016
BREVARD RESIDENT, Former House Speaker
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Civic leader and agribusinessman, Steve Crisafulli, has been appointed to a three-year term to the Board of Directors of the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida.
A seventh-generation Floridian, Crisafulli continues to work lands owned for nearly a century by his family from Merritt Island.
He was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2008 and served as Speaker of the House for the 2014-2016 term, the first Brevard County native to do so.
Foundation Board Chair Rodney Barreto said he was delighted to welcome Crisafulli to the Board.
“Steve has been an extraordinary leader in all of his community, business and legislative endeavors,” said Barreto.
“His thoughtful pragmatism, deep ties to the land, and dedication to preserving Florida’s natural heritage and traditional outdoor pastimes make him an ideal addition to our Board.”
The youngest of three children, Crisafulli was born in Rockledge in 1971. His cousin, Doyle E. Carlton, served as Governor of Florida from 1929 to 1933, and his grandfather, Vassar B. Carlton, served as a Justice and Chief Justice on the Florida Supreme Court from 1969 to 1974.
“The opportunity to serve with the distinguished members of this Board is truly an honor,” said Criafulli.
“As someone who enjoys Florida’s outdoors, I look forward to being part of the discussion as to how we best preserve the environment in which our state’s wildlife and fishing resources thrive, protecting them for the generations to follow.”
Crisafulli attended Brevard Community College, from which he received his associate degree, and the University of Central Florida, where he received his bachelor’s degree.
Following graduation, Crisafulli started working in agribusiness, serving as director of the Brevard County Farm Bureau from 1996 to 2004, and again from 2006 to the present.
He also served as the president of the Farm Bureau from 2003 to 2005. His focus as a Florida Representative included water, agriculture, business and aerospace issues.
Crisafulli has been married to his wife, the former Kristen Brown, for nearly 20 years, and they have two daughters, Carly, 15, and Kennedy, 13. He and his family are members of the First Baptist Church of Merritt Island.
The Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and other public and private partners to conserve the state’s outstanding fish and wildlife resources and the lands and waters they need to survive.
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