Dee Durham - District 2

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Monthly Community Coffee

8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. FIRST WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH

Brew Ha Ha Avenue North

1000 Renaissance Way, Wilmington, DE 19803

**NOTE NEW LOCATION*

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Biography

A Delaware native, Dee Durham was lucky to grew up adjacent to what is now Brandywine Creek State Park near Rockland and her time spent outdoors in the woods and fields, and witnessing the loss of open space and historic places all around, inspired her passion for conservation and historic preservation.  She graduated from Wilmington Friends School and Swarthmore College.

Dee served as Executive Director of Preservation Delaware, and of S.A.V.E., a land use, conservation planning and smart transportation advocacy organization based in Chester County, Pennsylvania.  She spent time as an independent consultant in fundraising and nonprofit management with a focus on conservation, serving several area nonprofits including as the Interim Development Director for the French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust.  Dee was also the Grants Manager for the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary.  In 2012, she was honored with the Chairman’s Award from Preservation Pennsylvania.  She has earned recognition as a Certified Fundraising Professional (CFRE).

Dee’s work as an environmental advocate made her aware of the need for increased transparency and ethics in government, leading to a stint as Program Director for Common Cause Delaware, 2012-2015.  Common Cause seeks policy changes to address money in politics including Citizens United, and reforms aimed at increasing fair voting policies, same day registration, no excuse absentee balloting, and increased transparency in Delaware’s government.

Dee has been an active volunteer in her community including service on many boards including the Sierra Club Delaware Chapter, New Castle Conservation District, and Preservation Delaware.  She initially obtained experience in the nonprofit sector and community service through her work with the Junior League of Wilmington including a term as President.  Dee served on then Governor-Elect Jack Markell’s infrastructure transition team and former Governor Ruth Ann Minner’s Livable Delaware Task Force.  Past nonprofit board service includes the Civic Council of Brandywine Hundred (CCOBH), Wilmington Friends 

School, Friends of Wilmington Parks, Friends of Brandywine Creek State Parks, Friends of Auburn Heights Preserve, Old Brandywine Village, Greater Brandywine Village Restoration, and Preservation Action.  Dee currently serves on the board of the Greater Wilmington Visitors and Convention Bureau.

In 2010, Dee co-founded and continues to chair Plastic Free Delaware (PFD) which aims to reduce plastic pollution in our Delaware communities and environment through educational programs, awareness building, and advocacy initiatives.  Through PFD, launched Zero Waste First State and YES!, the Delaware Youth Environmental Summit.  In October 2018, Dee was recognized with the Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award for her work on these issues. And in 2021, the Delaware Association of Environmental Education recognized Dee with their Meaningful Impact Award for her leadership in establishing YES!.

Dee was elected as County Councilperson for New Castle County’s District 2 in November 2018.

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All Legislation Sponsored or Co-Sponsored by Dee: