Connie Bookman, founder and CEO of Pensacola nonprofit Pathways for Change, will take office July 1, 2019, as the second vice president of The Florida Bar Foundation, a statewide charitable organization whose mission is to provide greater access to justice.
Bookman, a licensed clinical social worker, founded Pathways for Change in 2005 to provide counseling, education, vocation training and residential addiction treatment for those impacted by poverty and substance abuse. She earned her bachelor’s degree from St. Leo University and her master’s in social work from Florida State University.
Bookman has been recognized with the Florida House of Representatives’ 2008 “Unsung Hero” award, the National Association of Social Workers’ “Dedicated and Deserving Social Worker” award in 2011 and was named the FSU School of Social Work Field Educator of the Year in 2012. More recently, she received the Chief Judge Award of Service for the 1st Judicial Circuit in 2015 and the Community Leader of the Year PACE Award from the Pensacola Chamber of Commerce in 2018.
She currently chairs The Florida Bar’s advertising committee and is a member of the board of directors of the University of West Florida Foundation.
Bookman was first appointed to The Florida Bar Foundation board of directors in 2012. She is a Florida Bar Foundation Fellow and a member of the Foundation’s Bronze Society for lifetime giving.