Professional Services

Brittany Birken

Principal Adviser, Community and Economic Development, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Tallahassee

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta is one of 12 district banks that make up the central banking system of the United States, called the Federal Reserve System. The Federal Reserve System works to promote a strong U.S. economy. Birken joined the Atlanta Fed more than a year ago to address barriers to career advancement for low-income working families. She researches, convenes decision makers and builds networks to test and foster change to enable greater economic mobility and resilience.

EDUCATION Florida State University (BS), Florida State University (MS, Ph.D.)
Professional Evolution I was set to have a long career dedicated to child development. However, a pivotal discussion with a parent profoundly shaped my future work and focus. A mother called me and shared that she had been offered a 10 cent an hour raise and if she took it, she would lose access to child care subsidy for her two young children. The loss of the subsidy was far greater than the money she would earn from the raise. I would later come to know this is a benefits cliff. I broadened my professional focus to work on barriers to economic stability for families with young children.
FLORIDA LOVE The beaches, our waters and nature preserves

Philip Anson Jr.

STS Aviation Group

Brian Ballard

Ballard Partners

Christine Barney

rbb Communications

Rodney Barreto

Barreto Group

Sarah Bascom

Bascom Communications & Consulting

Hilarie Bass

Bass Institute for Diversity & Inclusion

LARRY BERRYMAN

MIAMI INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW

Brett Beveridge

Revenue Optimization Companies

Brittany Birken

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Paul Bradshaw

Southern Group

Brian Butler

Vistra Communications

Kelly Cohen

Southern Group

Michael Corcoran

Corcoran Partners

Brendan Courtney

HealthTrust Workforce Solutions

Ana Cruz

Ballard Partners

DANIEL DAVIS

JACKSONVILLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

John Delaney

FIORENTINO GROUP

Brett Doster

Front Line Strategies

Chris Dudley

Southern Group

Tom Feeney

Associated Industries of Florida

Michael A. Finney

Beacon Council

Marty Fiorentino

Fiorentino Group

Suzanne Forbes

James Moore & Co.

Tim Giuliani

Orlando Economic Partnership

Adam Goodman

Ballard Partners

Barry Gould

Eisneramper

Blain Heckaman

Kaufman Rossin

Bill Herrle

National Federation of Independent Business

Rick Homans

Tampa Bay Partnership

JOHN J. JENNINGS

Waste Pro USA

Drew Levine

G4S Secure Solutions USA

Suneera Madhani

FattMerchant

Tina Matte

Gravina, Smith, Matte & Arnold

MARY MAYHEW

Florida Hospital Association

MICHAEL MUNZ

DALTON AGENCY

Bennett Napier

Partners in Association Management

Luis H. Navas

Global Governance Advisors

PEGGY NORDEEN

STARMARK INTERNATIONAL

Carey O’Donnell

O’Donnell Agency

John Paglia III

Florida Express Environmental and United American Recycling

Jorge A. Plasencia

Republica Havas

George Platt

LSN Partners

Phil Purcell

Marine Industries Association

Craig J. Richard

Tampa Bay EDC

Stephen C. Riggs

Carr Riggs & Ingram CPAs and Advisors

Tadd A. Schwartz

Schwartz Media Strategies

Kelly Smallridge

Business Development Board of Palm Beach County

John Sowinski

Consensus Communications

JAY STARKMAN

ENGAGE PEO

Bob Swindell

Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance

Gray Swoope

VisionFirst Advisors

Julie Talenfeld

BoardroomPR

Cory Tilley

CoreMessage

LAURENT UBERTI

SITEL GROUP

Richard “Rick” Walsh

Knob Hill Group

Nancy Watkins

Robert Watkins & Co.

Lynda Weatherman

Space Coast EDC

Mark Wilson

Florida Chamber of Commerce

SAM ZIETZ

TOUCHSUITE

GEORGE C. ZOLEY

Geo Group