Timucuan Parks Foundation Welcomes First Director of Development

Timucuan Parks Foundation (TPF) is pleased to announce Mateo Rogers as its inaugural development director. With a wealth of broad fundraising and donor engagement experience, Rogers assumes a pivotal role, poised to collaborate closely with the executive team and board of directors to align fundraising endeavors with overarching organizational objectives. His hiring marks a significant step forward for TPF as its team expands to continue fortifying its mission as the nonprofit supporting Jacksonville’s expansive natural areas and landscapes.

“Mateo brings fundraising expertise to Timucuan Parks Foundation in areas where the organization needs it most,” said Mayda Velez, TPF interim executive director. “His focus on enhancing accessibility, cultivating new audiences, and fostering avenues for community support will not only champion the vitality and resilience of Jacksonville’s wilderness parks but also enrich the lives of its residents.”

Rogers has more than 10 years of experience in creating and driving strategies for operations, development, data management and community building. He is a proud U.S. Navy veteran and is deeply committed to community and conservation. Rogers previously served as development manager at Teach for America and founded Stonewall Sports Jax where he brought together diverse communities, fostered inclusivity, and raised significant funds for local charities.

Rogers, a California native, studied international business at the University of North Florida and business administration and management at Tidewater Community College in Norfolk, VA. Rogers currently serves on the board of directors for River City Pride.

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