Since 1979, Keep Golden Isles Beautiful has been a leader in helping keep the Golden Isles of Georgia clean, green and beautiful. 

A volunteer and community based organization, volunteers contribute 19,000+ hours annually in Keep Golden Isles Beautiful efforts, programs and initiatives.

Keep Golden Isles Beautiful is a Keep America Beautiful and Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation affiliate.

A public/private partnership, Keep Golden Isles Beautiful depends on monetary, in-kind and volunteer support from individuals, businesses, local governments, civic/community organizations and schools to provide litter prevention, waste reduction, recycling, community greening, water resource and educational programming and activities to Brunswick and Glynn County citizens.

A 501(C) 3 non-profit organization, Keep Golden Isles Beautiful functions under the leadership of a volunteer Board of Directors and Advisory Board.


  • 1979 - Brunswick-Glynn County Clean Community Commission established
  • 1987 - renamed Glynn Clean and Beautiful 
  • 1997 - re-organization as Keep Brunswick-Golden Isles Beautiful
  • 2015 - renamed Keep Golden Isles Beautiful


Recent Awards & Recognition

Keep Golden Isles Beautiful programs and projects have garnered both State and National awards thanks to strong community partnerships and massive volunteer effort. 

  Top three national Cigarette Litter Prevention Programs / 2014, 2015
  Affiliate Award of Excellence / 2016
  President’s Circle Recognition Award / 2014, 2015, 2016
  Affiliate of the Year / 2016
  Executive Director of the Year / 2016
  Affiliate Award, 2nd place / 2014, 2015
  The Governor’s Circle Award / 2014, 2015, 2016
  Coastal Cleanup Award / 2015
  One Hundred Miles 100 / 2016

Mission Statement
to preserve and enhance the beauty of Glynn county through community stewardship

Vision Statement
to be recognized as a beautiful, clean and sustainable community

Shared Vision Statement
working together to make Brunswick and the Golden Isles an exceptional place in Georgia to live, work and visit, by strengthening our communities and enhancing the quality of life



Lea King-Badyna

Lea’s love and enthusiasm for coastal Georgia is contagious. With over 24 years of experience in public/community/media relations, volunteer management and event planning/organization in the Golden Isles, she actively promotes the organization, its programs and volunteers to galvanize community support and participation in helping keep the Golden Isles clean, green and beautiful. Her understanding of the […]

Christy Trowbridge

Graduating from Ohio University with a BS in Outdoor Education & Recreation, Christy moved south to work for Georgia State Parks. She fell in love with Georgia, from the tobacco farms of Coffee County to the waterfalls of Tallulah Gorge, as she moved around the state educating park visitors about a wide variety of resources. […]

Board of Directors

  • Kolton Houston

    Loan Officer
    Atlantic National Bank

  • Gayle Bowman


  • John Cragin

    Facilities Manager

  • Clement Cullens

    Williams, Rentz & Moulton, P.C.

  • Dawn Franco

    Marine Biologist
    Georgia DNR, Coastal Resources Division

  • Jim Jacobs

    Financial Professional
    Jacobs, Kirby & Coolidge

  • Scott McQuade

    President & CEO
    Golden Isles CVB

  • Kevin Runner

    General Manager
    Westin Jekyll Island

  • Sam Tostensen

    SE GA Field Dir, Sen. David Perdue
    United States Senate

  • Jeffrey Johns

    Coastal Greenery

  • Kenny Henson

    Gilbert, Harrell, Sumerford & Martin, P.C.

  • Jaicee Houston

    Account Manager

  • Karen Bass

    General Manager
    Embassy Suites Hotel

  • Kelly Bennett

    Real Estate Professional
    Hodnett Cooper Real Estate

  • Cody Cocchi

    Assoc Dir Service-Learning
    College of Coastal Georgia


Chairman: Clement Cullens

Vice Chairman: Cody Cocchi

Secretary/Treasurer: Karen Bass

Advisory Board

Dave Austin
Jim Broadwell
Charlie Creveling
Matt Doering
Jim Drumm
Ken Farrell
Duane Harris
Mathew Hill
Steve Holt
Teresa Mason
Ron Maulden
Rosemary Maulden
Dale McNabb
Alan Ours
Clint Purser
Ben T. Slade III
Joel Willis
Woody Woodside
Spud Woodward