Volunteer Florida announced two recent changes to the organization’s leadership:
— Gov. Rick Scott appointed David Mica Jr. to serve as Chief Executive Officer of Volunteer Florida.
— The Volunteer Florida Commission unanimously voted Autumn Karlinsky to preside as Chair for the 2018-19 year.
“Volunteer Florida is always ready to support our local communities, especially in times of need,” Scott said in a statement. “During last year’s devastating hurricane season, they coordinated with countless local organizations to make sure that families had what they needed.
“I know that David will work every day to build on these accomplishments by continuing to focus on helping our communities and everyone that calls Florida home.”
Mica served as chief of staff of the Florida Lottery since December 2016, stepping in as interim secretary between Tom Delacenserie and current Secretary Jim Poppell.
He also was director of legislative affairs for the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and was a Gubernatorial Fellow in 2013-14.
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As a former Chair of the Volunteer Florida Commission, Karlinsky re-assumes the role with eight years of experience.
She maintains philanthropic positions in the Broward County community benefiting Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies, Temple Dor Dorim and Imagine Charter School at Weston. Karlinsky also serves on the Board of Trustees for Florida House on Capitol Hill.
She and her husband, insurance lobbyist and Scott confidant Fred Karlinsky, endowed the Florida State University College of Law Karlinsky Family Scholarship and the Karlinsky Family Student Lounge in the school’s Advocacy Center in Tallahassee. They live in Weston with their two children.