Ms. Lisa Marie Conte Browne
Executive Director, Friends of the Uffizi Gallery
A resident of South Florida and native of New Jersey, Lisa Marie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Developmental Psychology from Florida Atlantic University. Her studies continued at FAU, The New School in New York, and the Lorenzo de' Medici School in Florence. For two decades, post grad, Lisa Marie volunteered as a docent at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art.
She began her professional career working for more than thirty years at Aqua Gulf Services, a diversified worldwide shipping company founded by the Browne family. In 2006, she followed her passion for the arts by establishing the Friends of the Uffizi Gallery, a U.S. based charity with a mission of art conservation, historic preservation, and education regarding the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy.
Lisa Marie serves as the Executive Director and on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Uffizi Gallery, Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation Vice-chair and Board Member of Bethlehem University in the Holy Land. She previously served on the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art Board of Directors and the Nova Southeastern University Art Museum Board of Governors.
Highlights of her philanthropic work and support of the arts include reaching the level of President of the Docents program and creating children's enrichment programs at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, developing an annual scholarship in her parents name to send Dreyfoos students to study in Tuscany. Since its inception, the Friends of the Uffizi have brought over 40 restorations to fruition including rooms, paintings, sculptures, and tapestries. A proud member of the Highland Beach Chapter of Unico co-chairing the annual Brian Piccolo Award. She is a lifetime member of the Florida Grand Opera as well as a loyal supporter of the MFL Foundation since its inception.
Lisa Marie says it best "With Art in My Heart, each day I find beauty in art, nature and people. I am most grateful to God for my family especially my wonderful and talented son Louis Robert Browne, Tisch NYU 2017 graduate."