Our business-led board provides policy oversight and directs strategies and investment to address critical statewide workforce development needs. Board members are industry, education and government leaders appointed primarily by the Governor. The Florida Senate President and the Florida Speaker of the House of Representatives each appoint one member to the Board.
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Governor Ron DeSantis is the 46th Governor of the State of Florida. Gov. DeSantis represented Florida’s Sixth District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2012-2018. He is a former federal prosecutor and officer in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps, and still serves in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Gov. DeSantis graduated from Yale University and Harvard School of Law. He lives in Tallahassee and Ponte Vedra.
Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson is president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Broward. Previously, Ms. Anderson was a vice president at Nova Southeastern University, a vice president and foundation executive director at Florida Atlantic University and president and CEO of the United Way of Broward County. She has volunteered her time with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, Chamber of the Palm Beaches and PACE Center for Girls and Leadership Florida. Ms. Anderson earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Florida State University, a master’s degree in mass communications from the University of South Florida and a Doctor of Philosophy in public administration from Florida Atlantic University. She lives in Fort Lauderdale.
Sen. Loranne Ausley was elected in 2020 after serving in the Florida House of Representatives from 2016 to 2020 and 2000 to 2008. Sen. Ausley serves on the Senate Committees on Agriculture and on Environment and Natural Resources; the Appropriations Subcommittees on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government and on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development; on the Select Committee on Pandemic Preparedness and Response; and on the Joint Administrative Procedures Committee. A Tallahassee resident, she is an attorney who co-chairs the South City Foundation/Purpose Build Communities, is a member of the boards of the Institute for Child Success and the Claude Pepper Foundation, is a member of the Orange Bowl Committee and Leadership Florida, Class XX, and has served on numerous boards and organizations focused on education, access and opportunities for women and children.
Brittany Olivieri Birken, Ph.D., is a principal adviser in the community and economic development group at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, specializing in benefits cliffs and social-service policies that aid families with children in poverty. Prior to joining the Atlanta Fed, she was a faculty member at the University of Florida’s Lastinger Center; previously served as the director of Florida’s Office of Early Learning; and also served as chief executive of the Florida Children’s Council, the umbrella organization for children’s services councils statewide. Birken is a board trustee for the Florida Chamber Foundation. She holds a Ph.D. in child development from Florida State University.
Tim Center serves as executive director of Sustainable Florida and the Capital Area Community Action Agency, a nonprofit that helps low-income individuals improve their lives. An attorney, Mr. Center is the founder of Centerfield Strategy, a consulting firm focusing on strategic planning, community engagement, public speaking and facilitation. He received the 2014 Hero of Service Award from City Year and is a graduate of Leadership Florida and Leadership Tallahassee. A fourth-generation Floridian, Mr. Center lives in Tallahassee.
Richard Corcoran is Florida’s Commissioner of Education. Commissioner Corcoran is a former state representative and Speaker of the House. He has been a practicing attorney for nearly 20 years. Commissioner Corcoran earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Leo College and a juris doctorate from Regent University.
Duane De Freese, Ph.D., is executive director of the Indian River Lagoon Council and Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program. Previously, he served as senior consultant of science and sustainability with HydroPro-Tech. Dr. De Freese has served as an adjunct professor of oceanography at Brevard Community College and interim director of the University of Central Florida College of Business. He also was the vice president of Florida research for the San Diego-based Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute. He lives in Indialantic.
Robert Doyle III is the director of the Division of Blind Services at the Florida Department of Education. Director Doyle oversees services to Floridians who are blind or visually impaired through ten district offices, including the Rehabilitation Center for the Blind, the Braille and Talking Books Library and local community rehabilitation programs. Prior to joining the Division of Blind Services, Director Doyle served as director for the Division for the Visually Impaired with the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services. He has nearly 20 years of experience in human services and education and holds a bachelor’s degree in political studies and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Illinois. Director Doyle serves as the president of the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation and is the past president of the National Council of State Agencies for the Blind. He lives in Tallahassee.
Sophia Eccleston is external affairs manager for Florida Power and Light. Prior to this role, Ms. Eccleston worked for Halliburton and KBR Inc., in the Middle East and Africa. She is an Army veteran who also serves as a commissioner on the Florida Commission on the Status of Women. Ms. Eccleston has volunteered her time with the Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County, Executive Women of the Palm Beaches Foundation, Florida Women’s Business Center and the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce. Eccleston earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Armstrong Atlantic State University and her Master of Business Administration from American Intercontinental University. She lives in Wellington.
Eric Hall is the designee for the Florida Commissioner of Education. He serves as chancellor for innovation for the Florida Department of Education. In this role, his focus is on leading and implementing top education priorities throughout the state. Chancellor Hall has nearly two decades of experience serving in executive leadership with expertise in the fields of education, youth development and juvenile justice. He was previously the state superintendent of innovation for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Chancellor Hall has a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of South Florida. He lives in Tallahassee.
Elli Hurst is vice president of globally integrated capabilities for IBM’s Global Business Services unit. Ms. Hurst has been with IBM for more than 20 years and has experience in business process transformation and systems integration across multiple industries. Formerly, Ms. Hurst held various positions within IBM focused on application management services sales, strategy and operations. She also completed a “tour of duty” at IBM Headquarters as the executive assistant to the general manager of IBM Global Services Americas. Prior to joining IBM, Ms. Hurst was a management consultant with Price Waterhouse. She lives in Ft. Lauderdale.
Bill Johnson is retired from Coca-Cola Refreshments, where he worked for 34 years and was vice president of Finance Shared Services. He serves on the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Council, the Tampa Bay Partnership and the School of Accountancy Advisory Council at the University of South Florida. Mr. Johnson previously served as an appointed board member of the Florida Council on Efficient Government. He lives in Tampa.
Allison Kinney is vice president of state government affairs for HCA Healthcare. Previously, Ms. Kinney was a senior director with Charter Communications, vice president and director of government relations for OneMain Financial, vice president of state government relations for TD Bank and assistant vice president of government relations for the Florida Bankers Association. She volunteers with the Children’s Home Society of Florida and serves on the board of Associated Industries of Florida. Ms. Kinney earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from Auburn University. She lives in Tallahassee.
Henry Mack currently serves as Chancellor at the Florida Department of Education, overseeing the Division of Career, Technical, and Adult Education. As Chancellor, Henry is responsible for all of the Department’s workforce education programs, including overseeing the offices of apprenticeship, adult education, articulation and career education policy, all K-12 and post-secondary CTE programs, and helps to lead the Department’s economic development initiatives. He previously served as a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Miami where he instructed courses in philosophical theology and topics related to science and religion. Since 2004, he has held various positions at Florida International University and Broward College, where he most recently served as the Associate Vice President for Workforce Education. Recognized as 2019 South Florida’s 40 under 40, Henry frequently lectures on the future of the workforce, economic development, entrepreneurship, the value of a higher education, and issues related to ethics, religion and politics.
Rick Matthews is the founder of Rick Matthews Consulting, LLC. He is the former vice president and leader of Northrop Grumman’s Manned Aircraft Design Center of Excellence. He was also the global operations representative and global supply chain program manager lead for the Aerospace System Sector’s Military Aircraft Systems Division. Mr. Matthews served as a member of the state board’s Target Industry Cluster Task Force, helping Florida attract aerospace businesses while supporting the talent and infrastructure needs of existing businesses within the industry. He joined Northrop Grumman in 2007 following a distinguished career in the U.S. Air Force. He lives in Melbourne.
Jonathon Miller is the senior director of advocacy for Majority Strategies. He previously served in higher education as a director of external affairs for Keiser University, leading government affairs at the state and federal level. His volunteer experience includes time with the Florida Chamber of Commerce and Florida Telehealth Association. He was elected and served as Vice Mayor/Commissioner in the City of Casselberry from 2006-2013. Mr. Miller earned his bachelor’s degree in justice studies from Georgia Southern University and his master’s degree in political science from the University of Central Florida. He lives in Sanford.
Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson was elected in March 2018. He is president and owner of Nelson’s Insurance Services and previously served on the Orange County Commission. He was elected to the House of Representatives District 38 in 2006 and served an eight-year term. He also serves on the MetroPlan Orlando Board of Directors, the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council and the Orange County Canvassing Board. He lives in Apopka.
Samuel Robbin is president and CEO of National Jets, Inc. Mr. Robbin is chairman of The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and a board member of The Broward Workshop, CareerSource Broward and the National Business Aircraft Association. He volunteers with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Mr. Robbin earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of South Florida. He lives in Plantation.
Patsy Sanchez is the director of diversity and inclusion at the University of South Florida. Ms. Sanchez serves on the University of South Florida’s Latin Community Advisory Committee, Leadership Alliance Advisory Board and as a member of the Hispanic Leaders Association. She earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of South Florida. She lives in Tallahassee.
Stephanie Smith is the senior director of government relations for Anthem, Inc. Prior to joining Anthem, Ms. Smith was senior manager of Florida public policy at Uber. She has previously served as public affairs director for AT&T Florida and Georgia and as executive deputy chief of staff to and director of external affairs for Governor Charlie Crist. Ms. Smith’s experience also includes specials events coordinator for Governor Jeb Bush and business development liaison for the Governor’s Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development. She lives in Miami.
Emmanuel Tormes is senior manager of government operations at The Boeing Company for Florida and Louisiana. Prior to this role, Mr. Tormes worked for the Executive Office of the Governor, the Orange County Mayor’s Office and the Seminole County Community Assistance Office. He serves on the boards of the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast, Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Florida Defense Contractors Association. Mr. Tormes earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida.