Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis continues to form the team that will be responsible for planning his inauguration in early January. DeSantis named his Inaugural Committee earlier this week. Friday morning he announced the staff that will provide the support for the committee.
“I am proud of the incredible team we have assembled to spearhead the 2019 Inauguration,” said DeSantis. “The 2019 Inauguration is a historic opportunity for our state to come together as we build on Florida’s success.
Leading the inaugural staff team is Justin Caporale who will serve as the executive director. Caporale worked as a senior Advance and Operations lead throughout the 2016 campaign of President Donald Trump before serving in the White House as a Special Assistant to the President and the Director of Operations for the East Wing.
Florida native Jaclyn Schwinghamer will serve as deputy executive director. She most recently served as director of operations for a Washington, D.C., political consulting firm.
Jordan Wiggins, a political strategist who served as deputy campaign manager for DeSantis’ gubernatorial campaign, will serve as operations director. Nicole Rees, a marketing and public relations professional who also worked on the campaign, will serve as chief of staff..
“With varied backgrounds and skill sets, these talented individuals will work with the 2019 Inaugural Committee as they organize inclusive inaugural events to celebrate the diversity and uniqueness of our great state,” DeSantis added.
Rick Porter, Gretchen Picotte and Ivey Rooney of Political Capital were appointed as senior financial consultants. Heather Barker, one of Florida’s leading political finance professionals, will be the inauguration committee’s finance director.
Rounding out the inaugural staff are members of the communications and outreach team. Meredith Beatrice, communications director for the Republican Party of Florida, will serve as the inaugural’s communications director.
Government affairs consultant and political campaign advisor Tara Reid was named director of public liaison and outreach. Katie Strickland, who most recently served as communications director for Jimmy Patronis’ campaign for Chief Financial Officer, was named press secretary.
Sarah Bascom, Lyndsey Brzozowski and Kristen Bridges of Bascom Communications & Consulting will serve as senior communications advisors.