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Colleen Simpson

City of Port Aransas
Colleen Simpson is the City of Port Aransas Director of the Parks and Recreation Department, which includes the Port Aransas Nature Preserve.  Colleen previously worked as the Nature Preserve Manager.  She began that role in 2016 and Hurricane Harvey hit Port Aransas in 2017.  In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Colleen stood out as a leader and did not hesitate to do whatever needed to be done.  She documented damage, restored access, and repaired amenities and habitat damage to the Nature Preserve sites.  Colleen tapped into the many volunteer groups eager to help Port Aransas, including fire departments, corporations, conference attendees, students, churches, and others.  Those volunteers totaled 1,549 hours of work for hurricane recovery in the City of Port Aransas.  Colleen raised $6.5 million for the City, with $1.5 million for the Nature Preserve habitat recovery, restoring access, and expanding nature preserve property.  As Parks & Rec Director, Colleen is continuing her environmental stewardship City-wide while she is providing people opportunities to play outside, stay healthy and learn.  Prior to working for the City of Port Aransas, Colleen worked for the Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve at the City of Corpus Christi as the Education Coordinator and at the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute as the Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator.  Colleen has a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science from Coastal Carolina University and a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi.

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Wednesday, February 23

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