BETH BRAINARD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
A Communications professional who has worked in both the public and private sectors, Beth joined NPC in 2014. She works with the Board of Directors on strategic planning and serves as the primary spokesperson and liaison with elected officials and government agencies. She oversees the day-to-day operation of NPC and is responsible for advocacy, education, communications, marketing, membership, and fundraising.
Beth ran her own communications consulting firm, with clients that included, among others, Walt Disney Co., PBS television series Scientific American Frontiers, and American Cyanamid. She was recruited by Disney to join the entrepreneurial start-up team to design, build, and deliver the Disney Institute, a project championed by former CEO Michael Eisner. An opportunity led her to Boston where she was hired by Harvard University to develop the first full-service Communications department for the library system. The department received many awards for its web sites, teaching tools, and online exhibitions and became the model for Communications departments in other academic research libraries.
A graduate of Harvard University, Beth is a member of the Leadership Collier Class of 2016 and serves on the Blue Zones Community Policy and Built Environment committees, Florida Bicycle Association Legislative Committee, and on the Executive Committee of Collier Citizens Council. She is a published author of children’s lifestyle books that have garnered the Mom’s Choice Award and the Independent Publishers Book Award. Beth enjoys cycling, kayaking, golf, gardening, and travel.