Senior Environmental Planning Specialist

As a Senior Environmental Planning Specialist, April Olson reviews and monitors land use planning policies, development proposals, mining applications, and transportation plans in Collier County. April advocates for plans that protect natural resources and incorporate sustainable land development principles.

April worked at the Conservancy from 2014-2016 as a Growth Management Specialist where she reviewed projects in Lee County. She returned to the Conservancy in 2018 to focus primarily on projects proposed in Eastern Collier County and the Rural Lands Stewardship Area.

April earned her Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education-Social Studies from Arizona State University. In 1998, following a brief career as a social studies teacher, April moved to Southwest Florida. After a 15-year career in real estate, April decided it was time to follow her true passion - environmental advocacy. In 2014, April received a Master’s degree from Florida Gulf Coast University in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in land use planning.

While attending FGCU, April assisted the Director of the Southwest Florida Center for Public and Social Policy where she provided research and assistance to public and non-profit agencies on a wide range of issues. For her master thesis, April extensively researched climate change issues and surveyed Lee County citizens to test a theory that was shown to be successful for increasing public support of climate adaptation policies.

April also served on numerous committees including Collier County’s 2040 Long Range Transportation Working Group, the Technical Advisory Committee for transportation planning, and she currently serves on the Environmental Affairs Committee for the League of Women Voters.

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