Foley & Lardner lobbyist and partner Jonathan Kilman has been appointed to the Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce‘s Board of Governors and the its newly-formed Strategy Committee, the group announced Wednesday.
“We did our homework and Jonathan is regarded as a widely respected and visionary leader who understands the intersection of business and policy in Florida,” said Julio Fuentes, President and CEO of the Chamber, in a statement. “FSHCC is proud to welcome Jonathan’s leadership.”
Kilman added: “The Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has grown in its status and stature in Florida, representing the interests of hundreds of thousands of small, medium and large businesses throughout the state.
“Last session, the Hispanic chamber was instrumental in passing several high-profile issues such as ridesharing, and is poised to expand its influence upon the Florida policymaking landscape,” he said. “I’m proud to be a part of its continued success.”
Kilman, co-chair of the firm’s Florida Public Affairs Practice, was featured on the cover of INFLUENCE magazine’s Lobbying Avengers issue.
He also was behind some of Foley’s recent marquee hires, including former Department of Economic Opportunity head Jesse Panuccio (later tapped by President Donald Trump for a U.S. Department of Justice position), former Environmental Protection secretaries Jon Steverson and Herschel Vinyard, and former state CIO Jason Allison.
“Our strategy committee will be a driving force for the Hispanic chamber’s public education and advocacy efforts,” Fuentes said. “We are currently one of the largest Hispanic chambers in the nation, but that doesn’t mean we are satisfied. Our appointment of Jonathan will ensure we will continue to grow and prosper on behalf our statewide membership.”