Matt Sexton

Senior Vice President
Southeast Regional Director, Conservation Acquisition 


Matt SextonBased in Florida, Matt chairs The Conservation Fund’s Conservation Acquisition committee and serves on the Executive Committee. His passion is conservation and he has led efforts in Florida and the Virgin Islands to protect lands ranging from sea turtle nesting beaches to working agricultural lands (186 projects, 78,000 acres, $525 million value).  Regionally, his team has completed over 580 projects totaling over 781,000 acres. 

Matt joined The Conservation Fund as an intern in 1993 and has grown with the organization, playing many roles over the years. He is the President of the Red Bay Stronghold Foundation, which preserves the ceremonial grounds of the Independent Traditional Seminole Nation.

Matt has contributed to conservation in Costa Rica and has been a contributing author to books on land use and rural economic development.

Matt has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from Miami University and a master’s in Public Administration/Public Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Contact: msexton@conservationfund.org   Phone: 561-512-0019   Office: Stuart, Florida

Featured Projects

Three Sisters Springs In Crystal River

Three Sisters Springs In Crystal River

Three Sisters Springs is made up of pristine, naturally occurring springs and is one of Florida’s last remaining urban...
Thousand Islands

Thousand Islands

We brought our passion for conservation to our work in Florida’s Thousands Islands, a place where, according to Cocoa...
Habitat Protection For The Florida Panther

Habitat Protection For The Florida Panther

The Florida panther is the only cougar species found east of the Mississippi River. Although you’ll see the Florida...

More Projects

Safeguarding Forestland Along the Suwannee River

Safeguarding Forestland Along the Suwannee River

In north Florida and across much of the southeast, vast working forests are being cleared and converted to more...
Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge

Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge

The National Wildlife Refuge System is the only network of federal lands specifically dedicated for wildlife conservation. It consists...
Strategic Conservation for the Loxahatchee River Watershed

Strategic Conservation for the Loxahatchee River Watershed

For decades, Florida has been experiencing tremendous growth. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Florida is likely to surpass...
Kanapaha Prairie

Kanapaha Prairie

Kanapaha Prairie, near Gainesville in Alachua County, is part of north-central Florida’s vast system of wet prairies. As a...
Florida Keys: Key Tree-Cactus Preserve

Florida Keys: Key Tree-Cactus Preserve

Manatee. Florida Panther.  Two well-known endangered species.  We’ve helped with conservation efforts to save habitat for both these animals;...