Meet Our New Program Director
Meet WC’s New Program Director
Below is a message from Jessica Howell-Edwards
Jessica is a lifelong Georgia resident and mom of four who currently resides in DeKalb County. She offers more than two decades of journalism, marketing, and activism experience – and most importantly, a passion for protecting the native ecology of Cumberland Island.
More than 25 years ago, I was fortunate to have my first wilderness experience on Cumberland Island; because of that, I am committed to ensuring my children and future grandchildren have the same opportunity.
I have always been completely captivated by (and drawn to) the Georgia coast: an underappreciated tapestry of rivers, streams, swamps, estuaries, and islands. In that constant state of flux, teeming with life, is where I feel most at peace.
Those familiar with Cumberland Island and its complex history also understand that its isolated location is exactly what makes management – and public oversight – so difficult.
Wild Cumberland’s goals are pretty simple: we are here to help educate the public, hold decision-makers accountable, and provide ongoing stewardship.
We will always advocate for appropriate protection and management of the Wilderness and in favor of its native ecology.
I am humbled and grateful for the hard work and perseverance that preceded me and has afforded me this opportunity. I hope to honor that legacy with my own commitment to Wild Cumberland.