Meet Ashley Mayer – One of the 30 under 30 rising stars in Florida politics

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Ashley Mayer is getting married in December, and would you believe it, instead of dealing with minutia of wedding invitations and place settings, she’d really rather be knee deep in details of insurance legislation.

Ashley says she never dreamed that insurance would become her issue — or that planning her wedding could be such a pain.

But after graduating from Florida State University Law School, she went to work for a private law firm and found herself doing insurance cases.

After working for Chief Financial Office Jeff Atwater on legislative issues, she did more insurance cases in private practice.

“You find your niche and you get comfortable with the issue,” she said. Florida Trend has recognized Ashley twice as one of Florida’s top government attorneys.

As an associate at Capital City Consulting, she brings experience lobbying in the private sector, as well as overseeing insurance and financial services issues before the Legislature and Cabinet.

She loves to travel and has already gone exploring in Europe and is looking forward to visiting Costa Rica on her honeymoon in December.

Here is Ashley in her own words:

I am 30 years old.

I live in Tallahassee but grew up in Boynton Beach. I graduated from Vanderbilt undergrad/FSU law. I hope to visit a ton of different places (definitely return to some of my favorite European countries and the U.K., particularly Scotland, where I studied abroad, as well as Australia/New Zealand, South Africa, Greece, Turkey, Germany, Croatia, the Netherlands, etc., etc.). Looking forward to checking out Costa Rica for my honeymoon in December!

I got into politics, actually, I fell into politics. I wanted to practice law, particularly appellate work, and did the traditional summer-associateship-that-leads-to-firm-job route. In addition to administrative law and appellate practice, I found myself becoming more involved in the firm’s government affairs practice until that was more than half of what I did every day. While there, I was offered a job running the CFO’s legislative affairs office, one thing led to another, and now I guess I am officially “in politics.”

One principle I always put above politics is… friendship. If you’re lucky, it’s forever.

Person or people who gave me my first shot… Mark Delegal & Jeff Atwater

I’ve already worked for/on… a private law firm, a state agency/Cabinet officer, and now, a private lobbying firm — Capital City Consulting.

When I begin a project or first work on a campaign, I look for… a way to organize my thoughts. Without organization, you can’t make a plan, and without a plan, you can’t achieve the goal.

I’ve been blessed to have these people as my mentors: The people who gave me my first shot (see supra—see, there’s still a little lawyer in me!) and the team at Capital City Consulting.

The people I most admire in politics are… It’s hard to choose just a couple, but two that come to mind are Chris Christie & Pam Bondi. The former I’ve never met, but his candor and straightforward approach are refreshing. AG Bondi is a great example of a strong woman who has done an exceptional job navigating the political world.

One lesson I’ve already learned is… never overestimate your relationships or talent. There will always be someone closer and smarter. Fortunately, that same logic works in the inverse, too.

If I wasn’t working in politics, I’d be working in (which field)… journalism. I love reading and writing and think being a reporter or newspaper editor would be exciting.

In 10 years, you’ll read about me… hopefully nowhere, except maybe the Florida Trend. There’s a lot to be said for people who are effective without generating a ton of press on their exploits, or, as is the case many times, their faux pas.

You can connect with me on social media… Facebook, which I’ve had since 2004 (disclaimer necessary if you friend me), and LinkedIn.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.