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Public Affairs and Development

The Public Affairs Division provides information about the Lake County Forest Preserves through a variety of traditional and online communications designed to foster a positive public image and inspire people to interact with and support their forest preserves. Public Affairs staff promote the work of the Lake County Forest Preserves and its charitable partner, the Preservation Foundation, through the public website LCFPD.org, mobile website (m)LCFPD.org, mobile app, Horizons quarterly magazine, social media networks, media relations, community engagement tools, e-newsletters, videos, blogs, podcasts, and other online and mobile solutions. Public Affairs staff work closely with each department and the Board to expand public awareness and use of programs, events, and facilities as part of the 100-Year Vision and Strategic Plan, and to promote progress in acquiring new lands and completing projects listed on the 10-year Capital Improvement Plan. The Development Division was created in 2006 to raise non-tax revenue in the form of state and federal competitive grants, private contributions and sponsorships from individuals, corporations and foundations. Working with all departments, the Development Division raises restricted and unrestricted funds for operations, projects, programs and capital improvements. In 2007, the Preservation Foundation of the Lake County Forest Preserves was incorporated and received its 501(c)(3) status to aid in this process. The Division undertakes campaigns to raise funds in support of improvements at preserves and facilities, conducts an Annual Fund campaign, secures gifts and sponsorships in support of educational programs and events, coordinates bequests and other planned gifts, and works to secure gifts of conservation land, conservation easements and other property.

StaffJob TitlePhoneContact
*Hamilton-Smith, Katherine Director Public Affairs and Development 847-968-3380 
Hawkins, Susan Public Affairs Manager 847-968-3207 
Snyder, Rebekah Development Officer/Ex Dir Preservation Foundation 847-968-3434 
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