In 2019, Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch was appointed by Governor DeSantis to sit on the Governing Board of the South Florida Water Management District. A longtime advocate for the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon, Jacqui publishes a blog sharing commentary about the health, history and politics of these waterways.
A former commissioner for the Town of Sewall’s Point, Thurlow-Lippisch also served as the town’s mayor. She is very active in environmental and community issues on the local, county and state level. In 2017 she was appointed by Senate President Joe Negron to serve as a commissioner for Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission. Jacqui sponsored a bill to Prohibit Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling in Florida’s Territorial Seas that became part of Ballot Amendment 9 and overwhelmingly passed with over 68% of the voters.
Other key leadership positions include chairing the Treasure Coast Council of Local Governments, and the Florida League of Cities Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Legislative Committee. She also served as Vice-Chair of the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council and as a SFWMD Water Resource Advisory Commission alternate prior to her gubernatorial appointment.
Thurlow-Lippisch received a B.A. degree in Journalism and Communications and a B.A. degree in German from the University of Florida. She also earned a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Development from the College of Education, University of West Florida.Thurlow-Lippisch grew up in Stuart and lives in Sewall’s Point with her husband, Dr. Ed Lippisch who is often featured in her blog taking aerial photos of the St Lucie River from his plane.