NACo Resources Policy Steering Committees

NACo has 10 policy steering committees and 21 other committees covering a wide range of county issues. Policy steering committee members are nominated by state associations and serve one-year terms. Any committee or subcommittee chairs and vice chairs are appointed by the NACo President.

Policy steering committees review and make recommendations on federal policy issues and legislation like transportation, infrastructure, healthcare, public safety and public lands management. They start the policy development process leading to the development of the American County Platform, which guides the county government message presented to the Administration, Congress, U.S. Courts and the American public.

To serve on a policy steering committee, you must submit a nomination form to FAC. It is then approved by the Executive Director at FAC and forwarded to NACo for consideration. Please mark on the nomination form your first and second choice for which policy steering committee you would like to serve. Only eight individuals from any state (including up to two from any one county) can serve on a particular committee. NACo will notify you of your appointment in September. To view the nomination form, click here.

Agriculture & Rural Affairs

Responsible for all matters pertaining to USDA agriculture, rural development programs, rural renewable energy development, research and extension, food safety and conservation programs. Florida representatives include: 

Barbara Girtman
BARBARA GIRTMAN

Subcmte. Vice-Chair

Councilwoman
Volusia County

Michele Lieberman
MICHELE LIEBERMAN

Subcmte. Vice-Chair
County Manager

Alachua County
Tray Hawkins
JOHN “TRAY” HAWKINS

Commissioner

Washington County

John Meeks
JOHN MEEKS

Commissioner
Levy County

Ramsay Bulkeley
RAMSAY BULKELEY

Building Services; Code, Planning Zone
Palm Beach County

Community, Economic, & Workforce Development

Responsible for all matters pertaining to housing, community and economic development, public works, and workforce development including the creation of affordable housing and housing options for different populations, residential, commercial, and industrial development, and building and housing codes. Florida representatives include: 

Kathryn Starkey
KATHRYN STARKEY

Vice-Chair

Commissioner
Pasco County

Kionne McGhee
KIONNE MCGHEE

Subcmte. Vice-Chair

Commissioner
Miami-Dade County

Emily Bonilla
EMILY BONILLA

Commissioner
Orange County

Michelle Coldiron
MICHELLE LINCOLN

Commissioner
Monroe County

Joe Mullins
JOE MULLINS

Commissioner
Flagler County

Jeannie Rickman
JEANNIE RICKMAN

Assistant County Administrator

Marion County

Jonathan Brown
JONATHAN BROWN

Director, Housing & Economic Development

Palm Beach County

Holly Davis
HOLLY DAVIS

Commissioner
Citrus County

Tracy Straub
TRACY STRAUB

Asst. County Administrator
Marion County

Environment, Energy & Land Use

Responsible for all matters pertaining to air, water, energy and land use; including water resources/management; stormwater; pesticides; air quality standards; solid; hazardous and nuclear waste handling; transport and disposal; national energy policy; renewable/alternative energy; alternative fuel vehicles; energy facility siting; electricity utility restructuring; pipeline safety; oil spills; superfund/ brownfields; eminent domain; land use; coastal management; oceans; parks and recreation. Florida representatives include:

Marina Marino
MARIA MARINO

Subcmte. Vice-Chair

Commissioner
Palm Beach County

Carl Zalak
CARL ZALAK, III

Subcmte. Vice-Chair

Commissioner
Marion County

Doug Smith
DOUGLAS SMITH

Commissioner
Martin County

William McDaniel
WILLIAM MCDANIEL

Commissioner
Collier County

Devon West
DEVON WEST

Legislative Policy Advisor
Broward County

Ken Cornell
KEN CORNELL

Commissioner
Alachua County

Lee Constantine
LEE CONSTANTINE

Commissioner
Seminole County

Billie Wheeler
BILLIE WHEELER

Councilwoman
Volusia County

Finance, Pension, & Intergovernmental Affairs

Responsible for all matters pertaining to the financial resources of counties, fiscal management, federal assistance, municipal borrowing, county revenues, pensions, the federal budget, federal tax reform, elections and Native American issues. Florida representatives include:

Jonathan Lewis
JONATHAN LEWIS

County Manager
Sarasota County

Health

Responsible for all matters pertaining to public health and healthy communities, including disease and injury prevention, health disparities reduction, health financing, health insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, long-term care, behavioral health services, substance abuse prevention and treatment. Florida representatives include: 

Christopher Constance
CHRISTOPHER CONSTANCE

Subcmte. Vice-Chair

Commissioner
Charlotte County

michael mejia
MICHAEL MEJIA

Legislative Policy Analyst
Broward County

Human Services & Education

Responsible for all matters pertaining to children’s issues, foster care, public assistance and income support, services to senior citizens and individuals with disabilities, immigration policy, social services, and elementary, secondary and post-secondary education. Florida representatives include: 

Claudia Tuck
CLAUDIA TUCK

Subcmte. Vice Chair
Director
Alachua County

Sheryl Graham
SHERYL GRAHAM

Subcmte. Vice-Chair

Sr. Director, Community Support Svcs.
Monroe County

Carrie Walsh
CARRIE WALSH

Director, Department of Human Services
Charlotte County

Peggy Choudry
PEGGY CHOUDHRY

Commissioner

Osceola County

Justice & Public Safety

Responsible for all matters pertaining to criminal justice and public safety systems, including law enforcement, courts, corrections, homeland security, community crime prevention, juvenile justice and delinquency prevention, emergency management, fire prevention and control, and civil disturbances. Florida representatives include: 

Jerry Demings
JERRY DEMINGS

Chair
Mayor
Orange County

William Truex
WILLIAM TRUEX

Vice-Chair
Commissioner
Charlotte County

Danny Glidewell
DANNY GLIDEWELL

Subcmte. Vice-Chair

Commissioner
Walton County

Sally Heyman
SALLY HEYMAN

Commissioner
Miami-Dade County

Kelly Owens
KELLY OWENS

Commissioner
Okeechobee County

Linda Bartz
LINDA BARTZ

Commissioner
St. Lucie County

Public Lands

Responsible for all matters pertaining to federally-owned public lands including federal land management programs, natural resource revenue sharing payments, payments in lieu of taxes, and property tax immunity concerns. 

Telecommunications & Technology

Responsible for all matters pertaining to telecommunications and technology policy, including the county role as a telecommunications regulator, service provider, and consumer. Florida representatives include: 

Gregg Weiss
GREGG WEISS

Vice-Chair
Commissioner
Palm Beach County

Larry Harvey
LARRY HARVEY

Commissioner
Putnam County

Michelle Stone
MICHELLE STONE

Commissioner
Marion County

Archie Satchell
ARCHIE SATCHELL

Chief Information Officer 
Palm Beach County

Transportation

Responsible for all matters pertaining to federal transportation legislation, funding and regulation and its impacts on county government. This includes highway and bridge development, finance and safety, public transit development and finance, transportation planning, airport development and service, passenger and freight railroads, ports and waterways, freight movement, and research and development of new modes of transportation. Florida representatives include:

Eileen Higgins
EILEEN HIGGINS

Chair
Commissioner
Miami-Dade County

Robert Weinroth
ROBERT WEINROTH

Commissioner
Palm Beach County

Mounir Bouyounes
MOUNIR BOUYOUNES

Commissioner
Marion County

Ramon Gavarrete
RAMON GAVARRETE

Public Works Director
Alachua County

Ken Doherty
KEN DOHERTY

Commissioner
Charlotte County

Ruthie Davis Schlabach
RUTHIE DAVIS SCHLABACH

Commissioner
Citrus County

Edward Labrador
EDWARD LABRADOR

Sr. Legislative Counsel
Florida Association of Counties

Jack Mariano
JACK MARIANO

Commissioner
Pasco County