Personnel note: Amanda Gorman joins Adams St. Advocates

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Adams St. Advocates, the two-person lobbying shop run by Claudia Davant and Rebecca Roman, said Tuesday that it’s bringing on a third: Amanda Gorman.

“We are delighted to welcome Amanda to our team,” said Davant, president of the firm. “Amanda’s impressive background and experience in both the government and private sectors will tie in nicely with the forward-thinking advocacy services we offer our clients at Adams St. Advocates.”

Gorman joins the firm with more than five years of political, legislative, and executive experience in both the government and private sectors.

“I’m excited to join Adams St. Advocates,” Gorman said.  “My last five years spent working in various capacities from legislative to campaigns to executive experience in both government and private sectors has prepared me well for my new role at Adams St. Advocates.  I am looking forward to my future here and working with such a passionate team.”

Most recently, Gorman served the Department of Management Services in their Legislative Affairs office, where she assisted in developing and implementing strategy to successfully pass the department’s legislative and budget priorities. From this position, she brings extensive knowledge in health care, telecommunication, and technology policy, as well as state term contract and procurement experience.

Before that, Gorman was a campaign fundraiser for Gov. Rick Scott’s re-election campaign, and subsequently served two and a half years on his administration, where she was responsible for ensuring the appropriate handling of high-level and sensitive information and providing guidance and training on matters relating to records requests and public documents.

While earning her bachelor’s degree in political science and her master’s in applied American politics and policy at Florida State University, the Tallahassee native interned with the private lobbying firm of Corcoran & Johnson and the private law firm of Jansen & Davis.

Adams St. Advocates is a small but successful lobbying firm. According to their reports from the first quarter of the year, which included the 2018 Legislative Session, Davant and Roman handled the needs of 19 clients and brought in an estimated $185,000 in fees during the three-month stretch.

Drew Wilson

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.


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