Commissioner-elect Nikki Fried announced her full transition team as she prepares to take office as Florida’s next Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
“We have brought people together from all corners of our state and all walks of life to help build a Department that will respect the priority issues of the people and work hard to deliver results,” shared Commissioner-elect Nikki Fried. “From Democratic, Republican, and independent leaders, to leaders in Florida’s agriculture and environmental communities, public safety, energy, consumer protection, and marijuana industries—our transition team reflects the values of all Floridians. As Commissioner, I will be a voice for all of the people of Florida.”
Led by Chair, former Congressman Patrick Murphy and Vice Chairs, Congressman Darren Soto and Fred Guttenberg, the transition team brings a wide and diverse array of knowledge of the state’s issues and communities.
“We have put together a team with experience on the wide ranging issues the Department oversees. In the coming weeks the team will help determine the best path moving forward to build a strong Department that can deliver on Commissioner-Elect Fried’s priority issues,” stated Chair Patrick E. Murphy.
Transition Team Membership
Chair — Former Congressman Patrick E. Murphy
Co-Vice Chair — Congressman Darren Soto
Co-Vice Chair — Fred Guttenberg
State Attorney Dave Aronberg
Former Congressman Allen Boyd
Former Senator Rick Dantzler
Sheriff Jerry Demings
Former Senator Denise Grimsley
Former Florida House Speaker Jon Mills
Scheril Murray Powell, Esquire
Former Representative Dean Saunders
Transition Team General Counsel
Benedict Kuehne — General Counsel
Transition Team Staff
Eric Johnson — Executive Director
Shelby Scarpa — Deputy Executive Director
Deborah Tannenbaum — Senior Advisor
Jordan Anderson — Director of Operations
Max Flugrath — Communications Director
Click here for more information on the Transition Team members and staff.
Commissioner-elect Fried’s transition team has also launched a website to ensure accessibility and transparency, and is encouraging Floridians interested in helping serve the Department to submit resumes throughout the transition process.