Meredith Ivey was appointed as acting secretary of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) by Governor Ron DeSantis effective January 9, 2023. In this role, Acting Secretary Ivey assists the Governor in advancing Florida’s economy by championing the state’s economic development vision and by administering state and federal programs and initiatives to help visitors, citizens, businesses, and communities.
Prior to serving as acting secretary, Ivey served as the agency’s chief of staff. She has held several roles in state government, including as deputy communications director for Governor Ron DeSantis, director of external affairs for the Constitution Revision Commission, and director of communications at the Florida Department of State.
Acting Secretary Ivey holds dual degrees in Political Science and English from the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, where she played NCAA Division I volleyball. She currently resides in Tallahassee.