Tallahassee, Fla. – The CareerSource Florida Board of Directors today unanimously approved the appointment of Adrienne Johnston as the President and CEO of CareerSource Florida. Johnston, recommended for the position by Governor Ron DeSantis, most recently served as deputy secretary of the Department of Economic Opportunity’s Division of Workforce Services.

“Adrienne Johnston is focused on achieving Governor DeSantis’ goal that Florida will be No. 1 in workforce education by 2030, and our board is privileged to have her at the helm of CareerSource Florida to lead this effort,” said CareerSource Florida Board Chair Stephanie Smith. “Adrienne’s extensive background in workforce services and economics ideally suit her to help lead transformational change, ensuring the CareerSource Florida network continues to anticipate and respond to the current and future needs of business and our citizens.”

Johnston most recently served as deputy secretary of Workforce Services and chief economist for the Department of Economic Opportunity, positions she held since November 2020. She also has served on the CareerSource Florida Board as designee for the department. Previously, Johnston served as DEO’s chief of the Bureau of Workforce Statistics and Economic Research for nearly six years, delivering quality data analysis, informative data visualizations and applied research to better serve the agency and stakeholders across the state. Prior to joining DEO, Johnston worked in the private sector. She holds a master’s degree in economics from Florida State University.

“Under our Governor’s bold leadership and together with our state partners, CareerSource Florida has an exciting opportunity to help transform Florida’s workforce system to be truly customer-focused,” said President Johnston. “I am grateful for our state board’s vote of confidence, and I will work closely with our board to achieve Governor DeSantis’ vision that Florida continues to be the best state in the nation to live, work and raise a family.”

The CareerSource Florida network served 50,770 businesses and provided employment and career development assistance to 86,503 seekers who successfully secured employment in the 2021-2022 fiscal year. Learn more at careersourceflorida.com.


CareerSource Florida, with its business-led board of directors, provides 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. The CareerSource Florida State Board serves as the Governor’s principal workforce policy and investment board, working in partnership with DEO, which is responsible for the state workforce system’s fiscal and administrative affairs, and local workforce development boards that serve Florida’s businesses and career seekers. 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 careersourceflorida.com.