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 educational organization, volunteers contribute 14,000+ 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 and a two-person paid staff.


  • 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 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program in the Nation / 2017, 2019
Top three national Cigarette Litter Prevention Programs / 2014, 2015, 2016
Affiliate Award of Excellence / 2016, 2019
President’s Circle Recognition Award / 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Affiliate of the Year / 2016, 2018, 2019
Executive Director of the Year / 2016
Affiliate Award, 2nd place / 2014, 2015, 2017
Waste Reduction & Recycling Award / 2018
Innovative Partnership Award / 2018
The Governor’s Circle Award / 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Coastal Cleanup Award / 2015
One Hundred Miles 100 / 2016, 2017

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

  • Tom Reagan

    Coastal Can Cleaners

  • Cheston Broomell

    Broomelli Boys Pizzeria

  • Sam Tostensen

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

  • Dr. Sadye Souther, DMD

    Dentistry by Angela Britt

  • Kevin Runner

    General Manager
    Westin Jekyll Island

  • Robert Brown, Ph.D., P.E.

    Sr Water Resources Engineer
    Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood

  • Jesse LeGrand

    Credit Analyst
    South Coast Bank

  • Jim Jacobs

    Financial Professional
    Jacobs, Coolidge & Company, LLC

  • Sabrina J. Nixon, EdD

    Savannah-Chatham County Public School

  • Dawn Franco

    Marine Biologist
    Georgia DNR, Coastal Resources Division

  • Clement Cullens

    Williams, Rentz & Moulton, P.C.

  • Brian Corry

    Brunswick City Attorney

  • Zack Gowen

    Georgia Sea Grill

  • Spud Woodward

    Retired Director
    DNR Coastal Resources

  • Scott McQuade

    President & CEO
    Golden Isles CVB

  • Tammy Fluech

    Typebird Creative

  • Karen Bass

    General Manager
    Embassy Suites Hotel

  • Kelly Ross

    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

Greer Anderson
Dave Austin
Jim Broadwell
Charlie Creveling
Duane Harris
Mathew Hill
Steve Holt
Jeffrey Johns
Teresa Mason
Dale McNabb
Ben T. Slade III
Ralph Staffins III
Joel Willis