Brian Yablonski has been an adjunct fellow with PERC since 2003, specializing in wildlife and land management issues. In this role, he contributes to PERC Reports, advises on public policy, and has made television appearances on the Fox Business Network’s Stossel show to bring a free market environmentalist perspective to wildlife issues.
For the past eight years, Brian has served as an appointed commissioner on Florida's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) and is currently the chairman. With an annual budget of $300 million, the FWCC is the state agency responsible for protection of endangered species, wildlife habitat and marine resources as well as oversight of hunting and fishing activities in Florida.
Previously, Brian worked as deputy chief of staff and director of policy for Florida Governor Jeb Bush, with responsibility for creating and managing the implementation of the Governor’s major policy initiatives during his first term in office. In 2007, he was appointed by then-Florida Speaker of the House Marco Rubio to serve on the Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Commission, which convenes once every 20 years to recommend amendments to the Florida Constitution. As a commissioner, he drafted and sponsored a statewide constitutional amendment to provide property tax incentives for land and wildlife conservation. Florida voters passed Amendment 4 in 2008. Brian was named Florida's Wildlife Conservationist of the Year in 2009. Earlier in his career, he worked in the West Wing of the White House as a staff assistant to President George H.W. Bush, providing staff support directly to the President and the operations of the Oval Office.
Brian also has extensive private sector corporate experience. Currently, he is the external affairs director for Gulf Power Company, the Florida subsidiary of Southern Company, one of the largest electric utilities in the nation. From 2004 to 2011, he was vice president of public affairs for the St. Joe Company, Florida’s second largest private landowner.
An attorney, he earned a bachelor of arts from Wake Forest University and a juris doctor from the University of Miami, where he was on the University of Miami Law Review. Brian currently serves on the board of directors for PERC, the Foundation for Excellence in Education and the Foundation for Florida’s Future, both reform-oriented education organizations. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife, a freelance writer, and two young children, and enjoys fly-fishing, backcountry hiking and camping, and wingshooting.
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