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 now serves as Executive Director of Florida Earth, which administers the nation’s only permanent program with
the United Nations, the UNESCO-IHE/Florida Earth Partnership. Florida Earth also runs the US-Netherlands Connection (USNC) program, which brings teams
of delegates from the US to the Netherlands to see Dutch expertise in water infrastructure and management, especially as it relates to sea-level rise
adaptation and resilience. Coming from a ranching family who supplied the land for Walt Disney World in the 1960’s, Stan’s love of the land has always
been an inspiration throughout his career.