David Vaina

Director

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David Vaina, a native Floridian, has more than 10 years experience as a non-profit administrator in Florida. His tenure includes stints with youth development, anti-poverty, and environmental organizations and he recently served as the statewide Education Director for the Gainesville-based Florida Organic Growers. Before moving back to Florida in 2009, he was an analyst for the Pew Research Center in Washington D.C.

David has a strong interest in sustainable farming and consumer education. He is a 2019 graduate of the Wallace Center ’s Community Food Systems Mentorship Program and served on the board of directors for Slow Food USA (Gold & Treasure Coast Chapter). During his service to Slow Food, David coordinated a series of community workshops on organic gardening as well as others on growing herbs, gardening during Florida’s summers, canning, and vegan cuisine. David has also written a number of op-eds in local newspapers across Florida educating citizens about organic agriculture, GMOs, and the benefits of local food systems as they relate to climate change. He has also taught organic gardening at Santa Fe College in Gainesville.

Holding degrees from Miami University, University College London, and Johns Hopkins University, David is currently a Phd student in political philosophy at Union Institute & University and has published and presented on social movements and political theory. He has also earned a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Illinois (Chicago).

Alongside OSFR’s existing strategies to protect the watershed of the Santa Fe River, David is especially interested in collaborating with board members, volunteers, and other local organizations on the issues of climate change and sustainable agriculture, landscaping, and gardening. He currently resides in downtown High Springs.

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