Veteran public relations expert Judi Spann (APR, CPRC) has joined JEA, Jacksonville’s community-owned utility, to manage corporate communications.
JEA is the leading Northeast Florida municipal utility, providing electricity, water, and wastewater services to the region. JEA serves more than 422,000 electric, 309,000 water and 235,000 sewer customers in a 913-square-mile service territory that includes both Duval and Nassau counties and parts of St. Johns and Clay counties.
Spann’s career includes stints in Tallahassee as a former communications director for three Florida state agencies – the Departments of Children and Families, State, and Health – in the administration of then-Gov. Charlie Crist. She also served as a senior public relations counselor for Salter Mitchell, the Tallahassee-based full-service public relations, issue advocacy, and marketing firm.
Most recently, Spann was senior director of communications for an association management organization representing the Florida Society of Ophthalmology, among others.
Spann was also the first-ever director of communications for the private fundraising arm of the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation based in Annapolis, Md. She is accredited in public relations, a certified public relations counselor and works as a volunteer guardian ad litem.