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Personnel note: Sharon Smoley to join Orlando Economic Partnership

Sharon Smoley, Florida Director of Government Affairs for Charter Communications, is taking on a new challenge.

Beginning March 12, she becomes Vice President of Advocacy and Public Policy with the Orlando Economic Partnership.

In that role, she’ll be working on local, state and federal issues affecting the Central Florida business community.

Smoley will remain with Charter through the end of the 2018 Legislative Session. She first joined Charter in 2016, soon after Charter Spectrum completed $71 billion in acquisitions of Bright House Networks and Time Warner Cable earlier that year. Smoley was in charge of the combined company’s Florida government affairs team, including some personnel who stayed on from Bright House.

She previously was with the government relations team at Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts.

Smoley has been chair of the board of directors for the Kissimmee/Osceola Chamber of Commerce and a board member of BusinessForce and the Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association’s Political Action Committee.

She is a graduate of the Leadership Orlando, Leadership Osceola, and Leadership West Orange programs.

Smoley graduated with an MBA from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College, after receiving her bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College in Massachusetts with a major in political science and a minor in Hispanic studies.

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