The CareerSource Florida Board of Directors today unanimously voted to appoint Michelle Dennard as the new President and CEO of CareerSource Florida.

“Over the past two years, the board has had the opportunity to closely work with Michelle as she led Florida’s implementation of the first major reform to federal workforce law in nearly two decades,” said Board Chairman Britt Sikes. “Michelle is the right leader at the right time to strengthen Florida’s national reputation for workforce innovation and ensure we continue to meet the needs of Floridians and businesses in the future.”

Dennard most recently served as Vice President of Policy for CareerSource Florida, providing policy guidance to the CareerSource Florida Board of Directors and its Strategic Policy Council. She engaged and convened partners in education as well as community, workforce and economic development throughout the state, and was instrumental in the development of Florida’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Unified Plan.

An attorney and member of the Florida Bar, Dennard has more than 10 years of experience in workforce and economic development. She is a graduate of the Florida State University College of Business and earned her Juris Doctor degree from the Florida State University College of Law.

“I appreciate our board’s vote of confidence, and I look forward to continuing the important work of the CareerSource Florida network in making Florida the global leader for talent,” said President Dennard. “Talent is the currency that will move Florida’s economy forward. I am excited to be working with our many partners and stakeholders to advance new ideas and initiatives that help job seekers and businesses.”

The CareerSource Florida network served more than 80,700 businesses and provided employment and career development assistance to nearly 393,000 job seekers who successfully secured employment in the 2015-2016 fiscal year. Learn more at or 1-866-352-2345.


About CareerSource Florida

CareerSource Florida is the statewide workforce policy and investment board of business and government leaders charged with guiding workforce development for the state of Florida. CareerSource Florida provides oversight and policy direction for talent development programs administered by the Department of Economic Opportunity, Florida’s 24 local workforce development boards and their 100 career centers. Together, the CareerSource Florida network connects employers with qualified, skilled talent and Floridians with employment and career development opportunities to achieve economic prosperity. Learn more at

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