Chairman Brian Yablonski

Brian Yablonski

Brian Yablonski began his service on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in January 2004. He is now serving his third five-year term and is currently serving as Chairman.

In 2007, he assumed the post of Vice Chairman to fill out the unexpired term of the previous Vice Chairman. His fellow commissioners re-elected him to the vice chairmanship for 2008, 2013-14 and 2014-15. He was then elected Chairman for 2015-16 and 2016-17.

During his service, he has worked to help the Commission build a strong record of conservation and sound management of Florida's natural resources while expanding opportunities for Floridians to hunt and fish. He is especially enthusiastic about the Commission's efforts to connect Florida's youth with quality outdoor experiences.

Yablonski is external affairs director for Gulf Power Company. An avid sportsman, the Tallahassee resident particularly enjoys backpacking, hunting, mountain biking and fishing.

He serves as an adjunct fellow with the Property and Environment Research Center based in Bozeman, Mont. The center is the nation's oldest and largest institute working to use market principles to solve environmental problems.
Yablonski graduated from Wake Forest University and the University of Miami School of Law. He served as deputy chief of staff and as policy director from 1999-2003 to Gov. Jeb Bush. He also served on the 2007-2008 Taxation and Budget Reform Commission, where he sponsored the successful Constitutional Amendment 4 to protect Florida's wildlife habitats through tax relief. In 2009, he was named Florida's Wildlife Conservationist of the Year by the Florida Wildlife Federation.

His current term expires in 2019.



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