DEO names Chad Poppell new Chief of Staff; Monica Russell to head communications

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The Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) today announced that Chad Poppell has been named Chief of Staff and Monica Russell has been named Chief Communications Officer.

Jesse Panuccio, the newly appointed DEO Executive Director said, “Chad brings a breadth of knowledge and experience in government operations and management. Monica has a valuable background in both private – and public – sector communications. I am thrilled that both have agreed to join the DEO team.  With these additions, the management team is eager and ready to fulfill its mission of creating more jobs and opportunities for Florida families.”

Poppell  recently served as the Director of Employee Services at JEA, a municipally owned electric, water, and sewer provider in Jacksonville, and prior to that was the Chief of Human Resources for the City of Jacksonville.

Russell was most recently a partner with the Tallahassee-based consulting firm North Public Relations. She has more than 7 years of experience in both the public and private sectors, and previously worked at the Agency for Workforce Innovation prior to it becoming DEO.

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