The Advocacy Group at Cardenas Partners — one of the state’s leading, full-service government relations firms — has added top policy adviser and legal counsel Jeffrey Woodburn to its team of experts in Florida, the firm has announced.
Woodburn most recently served as policy director for Governor-elect Ron DeSantis‘ campaign.
Woodburn “has deep policy, government, and legal experience, which is critical to counseling and effective representation, and I’m thrilled he has joined our team,” Senior Partner Al Cardenas said.
“His time in leadership positions in the Florida Legislature, executive level and government agencies — including directing policy for CFO Jimmy Patronis‘ office and for Governor-elect DeSantis’ campaign — will prove invaluable for our clients.”
Added Woodburn: “Cardenas Partners is considered one of the leading government relations firms in the state and it’s an honor to join this team. I look forward to working alongside some of the most experienced and intelligent professionals in the state to assist cutting-edge clients.”
Woodburn will help manage legislative and regulatory services alongside the other professionals at Cardenas Partners in their downtown Tallahassee office.
Woodburn most recently served as policy director for DeSantis’ campaign, and as part of the senior leadership team advising the campaign on policy issues.
He previously was special counsel and policy adviser to CFO Patronis.
Woodburn also led Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) as executive director of the 37-member panel, which led to the successful passage of seven amendments to Florida’s Constitution in the most recent general election.
Woodburn’s experience in Florida government also includes serving as Gov. Rick Scott‘s policy director, where he was responsible for developing Scott’s policy objectives and overseeing more than a dozen departments and divisions.
In 2013, he was deputy secretary of business regulation at the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, and in 2011 he was deputy policy director for Scott.
Before that, he was an attorney in the Florida House of Representatives and was a legal intern in the Florida Senate.
Woodburn received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida, and his law degree from the Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville.