Board of Advisors

DeeVon Quirolo

Environmental Activist, USA

DeeVon Meade Quirolo is a Florida native. In 1986, she, her husband Craig Quirolo, and others founded Reef Relief, a Key West-based, non-profit organization to protect coral reefs. She established multi-media reef education programs and policies that include Keys-wide advanced wastewater treatment, vessel no discharge zones, and a phosphate ban. Reef Relief fought offshore oil for years and was an early supporter of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, creating the Coral Reef Coalition that achieved passage of sanctuary legislation in one year. Reef Relief also helped spread reef protection efforts throughout the Caribbean. In 2009, they retired from Reef Relief, moved to Brooksville, FL where they explore the springs and rivers. In 2014, DeeVon co-authored Bring Back the Gulf to address the disposition of spent offshore oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. She founded Nature Coast Conservation to strengthen local environmental policies. DeeVon was awarded the Sierra Club Black Bear Award in 2015 and is Conservation Chair for the new Sierra Club Adventure Coast Group. She chairs the Environmental Justice & Sustainability Committee of the Women’s March-Central Gulf Coast FL, and published Activist’s Bootcamp Training 101: How Government Works in America and Resources to Get Involved in 2017. In 2019, she helped found the Hernando County Progressive Caucus. DeeVon was graduated from The George Washington University and attended the University of Miami Law School.