Mayor James brings together a diverse group of residents, leaders and experts to provide policy recommendations, ideas and goals for the city
WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA (April 19, 2019) –
West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James announces the establishment of the Mayor’s Transition Team Committee, a group of local residents, community leaders, and experts who have volunteered their time to work with Mayor James and City staff over the next 100 days to review City policies and goals and then make recommendations on how to tackle critical issues to improve the City of West Palm Beach.
Chaired by Don Kiselewski, Florida Power & Light executive and Former Chair of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, the Mayor’s Transition Team Committee consists of eight policy committees: Arts, Culture, Education and Recreation; Economic Development & Jobs; Environment & Sustainability; Government Efficiency, Budget & Taxes; Homelessness; Neighborhoods First; Public Safety; Transportation, Mobility and Transit.
The Transition Team Committee members were selected by Mayor James based on their experience, diversity of ideas, and ability to fulfill leadership needs.
The Mayor’s Transition Team goals include:
- Producing a concise report within 100 days that outlines opportunities, strategies, policies and priorities within eight key focus areas that will launch the success of the Mayor Keith A. James Administration;
- Providing Mayor James with a list of recommendations for immediate consideration and potential implementation within the first 100 days;
- Identifying ‘near term’ (prior to December 31, 2020) and ‘long-term’ (2021 and beyond) opportunities, strategies, policies and priorities;
- Utilizing the best information, community resources and staff input to make recommendations.
“I am focused on listening to our community and ensuring we have a diversity of ideas and experiences to help guide our city forward,” said Mayor James. “I am thankful to Chair Don Kiselewski and to the Transition Team Committee members for their service and commitment to our City. I trust they will take my vision, look at additional opportunities and provide valuable input and recommendations as we work together towards our shared goal: to make our City even better.”
“This will be a big undertaking, and it’s the first of its kind in the City at this scale and scope. Mayor James has assembled the best and brightest in their fields, and we are ready to get to work. Our objective is clear, and we plan to deliver concise recommendations, strategies, and policy ideas that will position West Palm Beach for success,” said Kiselewski.
The Mayor’s Transition Team will first meet during the week of April 29, 2019 and then meet monthly through July. The Transition Team will meet with the Mayor, city staff and outside subject matter experts to develop their recommendations. Each member of the Transition Team is volunteering their time, experience and expertise.
Mayor Keith James Transition Team Committee
Don Kiselewski, Chair
Sr. Director of External Affairs, Florida Power & Light Company
Arts, Culture, Education and Recreation Policy Subcommittee
Phil Growick, Co-Chair
Chair, Art in Public Places for West Palm Beach
Melanie Hill, Co-Chair
Owner, Kofski Antiques, Inc.
Claudia Kirk Barto
President, Junior Achievement
Sue Ellen Beryl
Managing Director, Palm Beach Dramaworks
President, South Florida Science Center and Aquarium
Elliot Bostwick Davis, PH.D.
Director & CEO, Norton Museum of Art
Susy Diaz Piesco
Executive Director, Bak Middle School of the Arts Foundation
Dr. Donald Fennoy II
Superintendent, Palm Beach County School District
Managing Principal, REG Architects, Inc.
Producing Artistic Director, Palm Beach Dramaworks
President & CEO, Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society
CEO, The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
President & CEO, Discover the Palm Beaches
Economic Development & Jobs Policy Subcommittee
Veronica Cooper, Co-Chair
Vice President, Cooper Construction Management & Consulting
Neil Merin, Co-Chair
Chairman, NAI / Merin Hunter Codman
Maria S. Antuña
CEO, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County
Francisco "Paco" Gil
General Manager, Morrison Group
CEO, Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches
Owner, Kofski Antiques, Inc.
Phillip H. Hutchinson
Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, P.A.
Vice President of Public Policy, RAPB + GFLR
Bruce N. Lewis
CEO, LB Limited, Inc., Strategic Public Relations
President, All-Site Construction
President & CEO, Business Development Board of Palm Beach County
Grasford W. Smith
Attorney, Jones Foster P.A.
Margie J. Walden
Board of Directors, Palm Beach County Sports Commission
Environment & Sustainability Policy Subcommittee
Steve Scherer, Co-Chair
Retired, Engineer and Utility Executive
Ann Marie Sorrell, Co-Chair
President & CEO, Mosiac Group
Business Consultant, Barlow Consulting
Managing Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, P.A.
Retired, Utility Engineer
Managing Partner, Lesser Lesser Landy and Smith
Realtor, Remax Prestige Realty West Palm Beach
Jusitice Ira J. Raab (Retired)
Former Chair, West Palm Beach Charter Review Committee
Harriet M. Sacher
Former Board Member, West Palm Beach Water Commission
Government Efficiency, Budget & Taxes Policy Subcommittee
Elizabeth McBride, Co-Chair
Counsel to Inspector General, Palm Beach County School Board
Howard Pincus, Co-Chair
Consultant, Organizational Development & Human Capital Management
Assistant County Administrator, Palm Beach County
President, Hedrick Brothers Construction
Judge Rand Hoch (retired)
President and Founder, Palm Beach County Human Rights Council
Managing Member/Loan Originator, Palm Beach First Financial & Mortgage Co. LLC
Michael H. Olenick
Vice President Corporate Affairs, The Morganti Group, Inc.
Hon. Ike Robinson
Former City Commissioner, West Palm Beach
Of Counsel, Greenberg Traurig, P.A.
Brian M. Seymour, Esq.
Geoffrey B. Sluggett & Associates, Inc.
Homelessness Policy Subcommittee
Sally D. Chester, RN, Co-Chair
Board Member, Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County
Jonathan "Jack" Frost, Co-Chair
President, Commerce Consulting, Inc
Michelle Anaya Depotter
CEO, Associated General Contractors of America, Inc. Florida East Coast Chapter
Patrick J. Franklin
President & CEO, Urban League of Palm Beach County
Robert J. Harvey, Esq.
Partner, Jenks & Harvey LLP
Nicholas T. O’Neal
Housing Commissioner, West Palm Beach Housing Authority
President & Creative Director, O'Donnell Agency
CEO, The Lord's Place
Partner, Big Time Restaurant Group
Neighborhoods First Policy Subcommittee
Greg Mermigas, Co-Chair
President, Old Northwood Neighborhood Association
Cathleen D. Ward, Esq., Co-Chair
Chair/President, Northend Coalition of Neighborhoods
Dodger Arp, Esq.
Law Offices of Dodger Arp
Ronald A. Davis
President, Mosnar Group LLC
President, Pioneer Linens
Peter C. Pivko
Grandview Gardens Bed and Breakfast
Hon. David Smith
Former City Commissioner, West Palm Beach
Executive Director, CTSO/Let's Help Inc.
President, Progressive Northwest Business Association
Public Safety Policy Subcommittee
Joseph Ianno, Jr., Co-Chair
Managing Attorney, Florida Power & Light Company
Public Safety, Co-Chair
Pastor, Friendship M B Church
Florida State Lodge 2nd Vice President, Fraternal Order of Police
Sheriff Ric Bradshaw
Palm Beach County Sheriff
President, Northwood Village Merchants Association
President, West Palm Beach Police Benevolent Association
Hon. Dave Kerner
County Commissioner, Palm Beach County
CEO, Good Samartian Medical Center
Retired, West Palm Beach Firefighter
Founder, Presidential Women's Center
Legislative Vice President, West Palm Beach Association of Firefighters
Transportation, Mobility and Transit Policy Subcommittee
Bill Bone, Co-Chair
Larmoyeux & Bone
Will Corrente, Co-Chair
Entrepreneur, Corrente Consulting International Inc
Hon. Mack Bernard
County Mayor, Palm Beach County
President, Rebel Cook Real Estate
Dr. Joaquin Garcia
Owner, El Cid Animal Clinic
President, Gast Construction Group
President & CEO, Economic Council of Palm Beach County
William P. Jacobson, Esq.
Law Office of William P. Jacobson, P.A.
President/Owner, McDann Design Group/Hive Home/Hive Collections
John Pankauski, Esq.
Pankauski Hauser PLLC
Don Ramon Restaurante Cubano & Social Club