Tue, August 27, 2019
At Duke Energy, we know that strong connections ensure reliable power and powerful communities. Today, I am pleased to announce that Kari Conley has been selected as the new government and community relations manager in Orange and Osceola counties.
Kari brings a 25-year history of building relationships and meeting community needs through public-private partnerships in Central Florida to her new role. This makes her uniquely qualified to support the energy, growth and sustainability goals of your county and communities. Kari will also focus on advancing initiatives to better serve customers and the public every day and during emergencies.
She joined DEF on August 5, 2019 and will be based in Winter Garden.
Most recently, Kari was community relations director for Orlando Health. Her experience in community and communications leadership also includes roles with the Orlando Magic and the Salvation Army.
She is a graduate of Leadership Florida and served as the region’s chair in 2019. Her commitment to people and volunteerism includes service to many diverse organizations focused on children, women and business growth. Following the Pulse Nightclub tragedy in Orlando, Kari’s role on the organization’s Crisis Communication team led to the development of new protocols for responding philanthropically after a tragedy.
Her efforts have earned her several awards including Orlando Magazine’s Women of the Year, Women’s Executive Council Community Champion and the Orlando Business Journal’s 40 under 40.
She earned a BA degree from Samford University and a MA from Baylor University and is accredited in public relations (APR).
DEF is confident that with Kari’s experience, relationships and proven heart for community will support our most important work in Orange and Osceola counties -- powering the lives of those DEF serves.