F.I.S.H. executive director promotes people over politics
F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva’s new executive director affirmed that people and the policies that serve them are more important than politics at the Sanibel Captiva Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association’s Women in Leadership Speaker Series in May.
Alicia Tighe conducted the presentation “Doing the Right Thing.” She shared what she learned from her 10 years on Sen. Bill Nelson’s team and why she was delighted to join F.I.S.H. in January.
“It all comes down to people,” Tighe said. “In Washington, D.C., I learned to work for those who voted for us, those who voted against us and those who did not vote at all. It’s public service over politics.”
She urged the group to stay engaged in public policy discussions despite the turmoil of politics.
“I believe it’s not healthy to live without talking to people with diverse opinions,” Tighe said. “We don’t always have to agree on politics, but we do need to be advocates together for policy that serves people.”
“The F.I.S.H. Hurricane Preparedness Center is an example. It offers a resources packet that can be customized for your family,” she said. “The community is welcome to participate as a beneficiary of our services, a donor or volunteer. In the summer we go from 200 active volunteers to 50, so right now we can use everyone’s help – even one day per week or one day every other week would make a difference.”
F.I.S.H. President Maggi Feiner participated in the meeting and praised Tighe.
“Alicia is a great addition to the team,” she said. “Thanks to Alicia, I have been able to take my first vacation in 10 years.”
For more information about the island chapter, visit www.ABWASanibelCaptiva.org.