December 01, 2021

Kimberly Hall has joined the conservation acquisitions department and Sarah Hande has joined the philanthropic services department

North Florida Land Trust has hired two new staff members. Kimberly (Kim) Hall is now the conservation transactions manager for the nonprofit land conservation organization and Sarah Hande has joined the team as the development officer.

In her role with the conservation acquisitions team, Kim Hall will be responsible for identifying properties for conservation that fit into NFLT’s strategic conservation plan and will handle the negotiations and due diligence necessary to procure the properties. She will explore public funding and work with the development team to solicit private funding for land acquisitions. In addition, Hall will work to develop and maintain relationships with strategic conservation partners including government agencies, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, and other entities. She will help to build awareness of NFLT’s mission through community outreach and will also maintain NFLT’s portfolio of potential projects.

Hall brings two decades of real estate experience to the position. She worked in residential real estate appraisal before joining the St. Johns River Water Management District where she worked for 15 years. During her time there, she participated in or facilitated the acquisitions of nearly 132,000 acres at a cost of more than $465.5 million and managed a close partnership with NFLT that led to several acquisitions within the Ocala to Osceola, or O2O, wildlife corridor. She most recently worked with FPL Energy Services where she managed and launched statewide projects but was eager to return to conservation work.

Sarah Hande’s role as development officer will have her working closely with the director of philanthropic services on fundraising, grant writing and relationship-building activities to support NFLT’s mission. She will be responsible for maintaining the nonprofit’s development program plan and its donor management system. Hande will implement annual fundraising activities, research grant opportunities, ensure appropriate donor recognition and help in the coordination of all special events and donor engagement opportunities. She will also be responsible for managing and coordinating activities for the Amelia Forever campaign.

Hande brings more than 20 years of experience in project management and community engagement to her new role. Her career has spanned continents and cultures. She worked as a flight attendant with a South African airline right after apartheid ended and managed three consumer magazine titles and their portfolio of events in London. She moved to Jacksonville in 2003 and worked with the City of Jacksonville and Florida Blue before moving into the nonprofit sector in 2015. She served as the associate director of development for MOCA Jacksonville and was most recently the director of development at the Cathedral Arts Project. Hande said she is looking forward to connecting people to NFLT’s mission and helping to preserve North Florida’s natural resources.

About North Florida Land Trust

North Florida Land Trust is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to protect the natural resources, historic places and working lands (farms and ranches) throughout north Florida. Founded in 1999, NFLT has preserved tens of thousands of acres of land through donation or purchase of land as well as conservation easements.  NFLT is funded largely by private and corporate contributions and works closely with willing landowners and public agencies at all levels of government, not-for-profit partners, and foundations.