Rubin Turnbull & Associates, one of the leading Florida-based lobbying firms, is increasing its South Florida footprint with government affairs pro Jacqui Carmona.
Carmona, a Miami-Dade native, will serve as the government consultant lead for the Miami-Dade practice, working with Erica Chanti, who has been at Rubin Turnbull since 2017. Expansion plans include a new office in Coral Gables.
Before joining Rubin Turnbull, Carmona worked as political director for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees of Florida, among the state’s most politically effective unions with more than 100,000 members. Chanti, one of Florida Politics’ “30 Under 30” rising stars, previously served as executive director of the Miami-Dade legislative delegation.
Rubin Turnbull founder Bill Rubin praised Carmona’s addition as bringing “a wealth of knowledge, talent and work ethic.”
“We are thrilled to see our firm continue to expand throughout South Florida as we open a new office and bring together some of Florida’s top talent,” Rubin said.
Managing oartner Heather Turnbull added: “Our firm is deeply committed to see women thrive and succeed in this business, which is why I am so excited to welcome Jacqui Carmona to the Rubin Turnbull family. Jacqui knows our state well and has been a pivotal voice in South Florida’s political landscape.”
“I am truly excited to join a dynamic and welcoming firm, Rubin Turnbull & Associates,” Carmona said. “I know I will continue to grow professionally and put to work my more than a decade of public policy and political experience for the firm’s growing portfolio of clients.”
Rep. Daniel Perez lauded the move, saying Carmona’s addition will make a “strong mark for the firm.”
Sen. Shevrin Jones also joined in the accolades, calling Carmona a “fierce advocate.”
“I cannot think of a more qualified and talented person to join a well-respected firm like Rubin Turnbull & Associates,” Jones said. “She is an asset to any team and will always bring passion and commitment to her work.”
Carmona is an active member in the community, sitting on the board of IPREP Academy’s Educational Excellence School Advisory Council, and is a frequent volunteer with the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and the Jewish Community Services Kosher Food Bank.
Chianti is a graduate of Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science.