Former top advisor to DeSantis campaign joins private sector

by | Dec 18, 2018

The former policy director of Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis’ campaign is taking a job in the private sector.  Policy advisor and legal counsel Jeffrey Woodburn has taken a position with the  Advocacy Group at Cardenas Partners.

Woodburn was part of the senior leadership team advising the DeSantis campaign on policy issues. Before that he worked as special counsel and policy advisor to Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis.

“Jeffrey has deep policy, government, and legal experience, which is critical to counseling and effective representation, and I’m thrilled he has joined our team,” said senior partner Al Cardenas. “His time in leadership positions in the Florida Legislature, executive level and government agencies including directing policy for CFO Jimmy Patronis’ office and for Governor-elect DeSantis’ campaign will prove to be invaluable for our clients.”

Woodburn also served as the executive director of  Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission (CRC). The 37-member commission led to the successful passage of seven amendments to Florida’s Constitution in this most recent general election.

“Cardenas Partners is considered one of the leading government relations firms in the state and it’s an honor to join this team,” said Woodburn. “I look forward to working alongside some of the most experienced and intelligent professionals in the state to assist cutting-edge clients.”

Woodburn also served as Gov. Rick Scott’s policy director. There he was responsible for developing policy objectives for the Scott administration, as well as overseeing more than a dozen departments and divisions. In 2013, served as deputy secretary of business regulation at the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Prior to that, Woodburn was deputy policy director for Gov. Scott 2011.

Woodburn has also served as an attorney in the Florida House of Representatives and as a legal intern in the Florida Senate.





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