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Kristin Whitaker

Kristin joined the State University System’s Florida Board of Governors in 2016 as the Assistant Vice Chancellor overseeing the office of public policy and advocacy.  Prior to joining the Board of Governors, she worked as a consultant at Sachs Sax Caplan, PA. There, she represented a diverse group of clients before the Florida Legislature, including the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF), the Professional Educators Network (PEN) of Florida, the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and the Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority (SMAA).

Her previous experience includes working as a Senior Manager under the Assistant Secretary for the Department of Children and Families, where she monitored legislation and oversaw statewide projects. She also taught elementary school for eight years and worked as an adjunct professor at Tallahassee Community College teaching in the Education Department.

Kristin earned her undergraduate degree from Florida State University, where she studied International Affairs with an emphasis in Economics. As a senior, she interned under Governor Jeb Bush in the Office of Tourism Trade and Economic Development. Kristin also earned her Master’s degree in Education from FSU.   

Kristin serves as the current chair of the board for Lee’s Place, a nonprofit grief and trauma counseling center. She also serves as a board member for the Mental Health Association of Central Florida and as an alum board member for Kappa Delta Sorority at FSU.