More turnover at the Tampa Bay Partnership as public policy director Christina Barker resigns

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There’s more turnover this morning at the beleagured Tampa Bay Partnership.

Less than a month after the Partnership announced that CEO Stuart Rogel was leaving the organization, public policy director Christina Barker has resigned.

Rogel announced Barker’s resignation in an email Wednesday.

Barker’s portfolio at the Partnership included developing regional legislative priorities, managing Advance Tampa Bay — the Tampa Bay Partnership’s Political Action Committee — and managing and directing committees and task forces on priority initiatives.

Here is the text of Rogel’s email:

Dear Investor,

Today it is bittersweet to announce the resignation of Christina Barker as Director of Public Policy. Over the past year, Christina has led our policy and advocacy initiatives as we tackled challenging issues and marked many successes. We appreciate the dedication and tenacity Christina has brought to her role at the Partnership.

It is with warm personal regards that we wish Christina continued success as she assumes her new role as Special Assistant to Mayor Bob Buckhorn at the City of Tampa.




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