Children and Youth Cabinet Members

The members of the Children and Youth Cabinet consist of a chairman, the secretaries of the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Agency for Health Care Administration, as well as the directors of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities and the Office of Early Learning. Other members include the State Surgeon General, the Commissioner of Education, the director of the Guardian ad Litem Office, and the director of the Governor’s Office of Adoption and Child Protection. Additionally, the Governor appoints five members from around the state who are representatives of children and youth advocacy organizations, but who are not service providers. Rounding out the Cabinet are the five ex-officio members named in statute, or their designees.


Surgeon General Joseph A. Ladapo
Department of Health
Jason Barrett
Executive Consultant
Senator Lauren Book
District 32
Judge Jessica G. Costello
Hillsborough County
Carlos de la Cruz, Jr.
Everglades Foundation
Commissioner Manny Diaz Jr.
Department of Education
Commissioner Rene Garcia
Miami-Dade County
District 13
Secretary Eric Hall
Department of Juvenile Justice
Secretary Shevaun Harris
Department of Children and Families
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Director Taylor Hatch,
Agency for Persons with Disabilities
Sandra Himmel
Superintendent of Citrus County Schools
Forough Hosseini
Vice President
ICI Homes
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Belinda Keiser
Vice Chancellor
Keiser University
Representative Traci Koster
District 64
Chancellor Cari Miller
Division of Early Learning

Department of Education
Dennis W. Moore
Executive Director
Guardian Ad Litem
Senator Corey Simon
District 3
Secretary Jason Weida
Agency for Health Care Administration

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