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Port Tampa Bay announces new director of special projects

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Port Tampa Bay announced Thursday that it had hired sixth-generation Floridian and former marine Jamal Sowell as its new director of special projects.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jamal to Port Tampa Bay,” said Paul Anderson, president and CEO of Port Tampa Bay. “His diverse background will not only benefit the Port, but the entire Tampa Bay region.”

Sowell joins the port from the Indiana Journal of Constitutional Design and Center for Constitutional Democracy. He has also served in Israel for anti-terrorism litigation group Shurat HaDin and was appointed to the Indiana Board of Health Facility Administrators by then Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

The Orlando native’s professional career also includes serving as a contributing writer for the Orlando Sentinel, Tallahassee Democrat and Gainesville Sun. In 2013 he was was the Impact Washington, D.C. Leader of the Year, and in 2016 he was named to the Jeb Bush National Veterans Coalition.

“Port Tampa Bay’s accomplishments and reputation reverberate across this country,” Sowell said. “I am honored to return home to Florida and work with an outstanding organization like the Port.”

The University of Florida and Indiana University Bloomington alumnus will support internal and external projects at the port, will assist the executive team with management oversight, and will also serve as a liaison for port business.

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