Who we are

The Little River Conservancy is a 100% volunteer-run 501(c)3 organization, formed by community members who live on and around the Little River.

Kristen McLean – co-founder

Kristen McLean has resided in the Village of El Portal since 2014. She is passionate about networking a wide range of community partners on environmental and educational issues related to the Little River, the surrounding communities, and the marine health of Biscayne Bay. When she is not working on the El Portal Resiliency and Sustainability Task Force (RSTF), or the Little River Conservancy, she holds down her day job as the Executive Director of Business Development/Primary Industry Analyst for Books and Entertainment at The NPD Group, a global research company. She lives with her husband Russell, her kid, and her cats and dogs on the north bank of the Little River in west El Portal.

Hugh Gladwin – co-founder

Hugh Gladwin PhD. has been a community activist in El Portal and the Little River region for the past 35 years. He is also a Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Anthropology in the Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies at Florida International University, where he recently retired after 35 years of teaching and research. The main focus of his work uses ethnography, survey research, and GIS tools to learn about human/nature interaction.  He remains very active in resiliency and environmental efforts in Miami-Dade. Since Hurricane Andrew in 1992, a major focus of his work has been on hurricanes and climate change—since retirement, he continues to be active in planning work related to those areas. 

Adam Old – co founder

Adam Old is the Director of Planning & Policy at Omni Community Redevelopment Agency, where he oversees the planning and policy for the development of housing affordability, economic development, and historic preservation. He is an advocate for walkable neighborhoods, connected transit, better cities, and the preservation and repair of natural ecosystems in Miami and South Florida. He also lives on the north bank of the Little River in the heart of El Portal.