Nancy O’Byrne — Board Secretary

Nancy retired in 2004 from commercial real estate, leasing office space in downtown Jacksonville for 15 years.​

She decided to take a more meaningful path in her life by devoting much of her time to advocacy for peace and justice issues in her church and in her community. She was the Chairwoman of the Catholic Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission for 13 years (2000 – 2013) and awarded the Thomas A. Horkan, Jr. Distinguished Catholic Leader Award by the Florida Bishops in 2012. Nancy was recently elected Chairperson of Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (FADP), whose mission is to bring church and civic groups together to educate and advocate against the use of the death penalty in Florida, which has one of the most broken DP systems in the country.​

She is Coordinator of the Compassion in Action initiative of Compassionate St. Augustine, which provides educational and advocacy programs for prison and criminal justice reform, and she facilitates Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshops for the boys at the St. Johns Youth Academy, the juvenile detention facility in St. Augustine. She and her husband David are members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society in St. Augustine and do home visits to clients in need of financial assistance. They have been married for 23 years. She has 3 grown children and 6 beautiful grandsons.

Founded in 2011, Home Again St. Johns is a non-profit organization coordinating a multi-agency system to positively effect and alleviate homelessness in St. Johns County through the active engagement of those residents experiencing homelessness: individuals, families, veterans, and as well as the community as a whole, working together in supporting their return to self-sufficiency.

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