Sam Mead Williams has been hired as Development Director at Conservation Alabama and Conservation Alabama Foundation, a position vacated by Stefanie Francisco who now leads the organization’s Communications Department. Williams will be based in Mobile while Francisco remains at the Montgomery office.
“Our work and influence have both increased significantly over the past three years as a direct result of our successful efforts to protect Alabama’s state parks and the Forever Wild Land Trust,” explains Tammy Herrington, Executive Director of Conservation Alabama. “Expanding our staff prepares us to meet our greater fundraising and communications needs.”
Stefanie Francisco was named Development Director in 2014 and also managed the organization’s communications and marketing. “We decided to divide Stefanie’s office into two distinct departments so we could work more effectively,” says Herrington. “After meeting with Sam, I felt her political acumen and fundraising experience would align perfectly with Conservation Alabama’s new goals.” 
Williams gained experience in political campaigning, public affairs, government relations, and analytical research methods while working as Project Manager at Strategy, Public Relations in Mobile, Alabama. In 2008, she worked with Judge Edmond Naman as the site director for a grant-based juvenile court reform effort at Strickland Youth Center.
Williams joined the United Way of Baldwin County as a founding member of their Young Leaders Society, and is presently in her second year as Executive Director for WabiSabi, a leadership program for 11-year-old girls on the Gulf Coast. She sat on the Board of Trustees for Alabama Outward Bound School, was a member of the Development Council for USA Children’s and Woman’s Hospital, and was a candidate for Leukemia/Lymphoma Society’s Woman of the Year. Sam lives in Spanish Fort with her two kids, Avery and Kohen.
Founded in 1999, Conservation Alabama is the only full-time lobbyist for the environment in the state. For more information about staff, programs, and how to support our work, visit