Florida Coalition for Children

Executive Director, Government and Community Affairs

– Present

The mission of the Florida Coalition for Children (FCC) is to advocate on behalf of Florida’s abused, abandoned and neglected children and support the agencies and individuals who work on their behalf. With over 60 years of history in the state, FCC, which was originally called the Florida Association of Child and Family Agencies (FACFA), has grown and transformed alongside the child welfare system.

Florida Children and Youth Cabinet

Florida Children and Youth Cabinet

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater Designee, Appointed Board Member

– Present

On July 11, 2007, legislation was signed by the Governor that created the Children and Youth Cabinet.

The members of the Children and Youth Cabinet consist of a chairman, the secretaries of the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Agency for Health Care Administration, as well as the directors of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities and the Office of Early Learning. Other members include the State Surgeon General, the Commissioner of Education, the director of the Guardian ad Litem Office, and the director of the Governor’s Office of Adoption and Child Protection. Additionally, the Governor appoints five members from around the state who are representatives of children and youth advocacy organizations, but who are not service providers. Rounding out the Cabinet are the five ex-officio members named in statute, or their designees.

The Cabinet is charged with promoting and implementing collaboration, creativity, increased efficiency, information sharing and improved service delivery between and within state agencies and organizations.

As directed by statute, in 2007 the Cabinet developed a shared vision and a Strategic Plan to guide the Cabinet in designing and implementing measurable outcomes and actions that promote collaboration and information sharing.

Cabinet Initiatives:
• Child Death Review Teams Workgroup
• Crossover Children Workgroup
• Early Learning Workgroup
• Multi-System Children and Youth Workgroup
• Prevention Investment Strategy Workgroup
• Children and Youth Collaboration Services Workgroup

Operationalized Cabinet Initiatives:
• Human Trafficking Workgroup
• Interagency Background Screening Workgroup

Improving Post-Secondary Education Graduation Rates
State Advisory Council on Early Education and Care
Children’s Budget Analysis
Youth Commission

The Trust for Florida’s Children

Governor Appointee, Board Secretary and Executive Board Member

2010 – 2011 

A direct service organization to the Office of Governor Charlie Crist working for the prevention of child abuse and neglect, while promoting adoption for Florida's children in foster care.