Speaker - Nan Rich

2010 Convocation

Guest Speaker

Senator Nan Rich

Senator Nan Rich is widely recognized as one of Florida’s leading champions of children’s and social justice issues. Elected to the Florida State Senate in November 2004, subsequently re-elected in November 2006 and 2010, and currently serving as the Senate Democratic Leader, Rich also served in the Florida State House of Representatives from 2000–2004.

A long-time resident of Florida, Rich was educated at the University of Florida. From 1996 to 1999 she served as the National President of the National Council of Jewish Women—the first Floridian elected to that office in the organization’s 116 year history. She has extensive experience in advocacy and community service, and has worked to improve the lives of women, children and families in her community, the U.S. and Israel. In 1999, President Bill Clinton appointed Rich to serve as a Board Member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

Rich currently serves on many committees including Health and Human Services Appropriations, Vice Chair; Children, Families, and Elder Affairs, Vice Chair; Policy and Steering Committee on Energy, Environment, and Land Use, Vice Chair; Policy and Steering Committee on Ways and Means; Commerce; Environmental Preservation and Conservation; Ethics and Elections; and Joint Legislative Sunset Committee. She serves on the Florida Children & Youth Cabinet as the appointee of the Senate President.

Rich is on the board of directors of Kids in Distress, and the American Jewish Congress, Southeast Region.

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