A community leader and expert land planner, Tina Ekblad serves as President and Director of Planning for Morris-Depew Associates. Ms. Ekblad is responsible for strategic planning to support the firm’s current and long-term goals. She’s continued to grow the organization’s land planning division throughout Southwest Florida and is spearheading efforts to expand the organization’s North Florida footprint.
In her role as Planning Director, Ms. Ekblad is responsible for creatively leveraging unique property conditions and locations while maintaining and enhancing the public interest to secure entitlements for private development. Currently her project focus is to interconnect public natural resources and private property to establish distinct communities and non-residential development. This is often supported by the conceptual land planning efforts of the Landscape Architecture and detailed design efforts of the Engineering Departments. Additionally, Ms. Ekblad also serves as the point of contact for numerous Continuing Services contracts with various municipalities across the State, where she strategically reviews and considers various characteristics to leverage and develop unique place-based solutions.
During her time at the firm, Ms. Ekblad has participated in numerous civic and professional organizations at the local, regional and state level. She currently serves on the local and State Board for the Florida Planning and Zoning Association and is a charter and current board of director executive leader for the Southwest Florida Tiger Bay Club. Ms. Ekblad also serves as chair of Leadership Florida’s Regional Council as well on the statewide board for Leadership Florida, a community of committed leaders focused on enhancing leadership, diversity, continued education and creating awareness of issues critical to Florida.