Personnel note: Amanda Prater named Chief of Staff at Dept. of Children and Families

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Amanda Prater has been named the new Chief of Staff for the Department of Children and Families.

Amanda has served as Legislative Affairs Director. Previous to that, she worked as a health and human services analyst in the Governor’s Office of Policy and Budget, the Governor’s Legislative Affairs Office, the Florida House Majority Office, and most recently, the House Health and Human Services Committee.

She replaces Vivian Myrtetus who left our agency to pursue a private sector career in Miami.

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