Gov. Scott welcomes ten new Gubernatorial Fellows

By on September 6, 2013
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On Thursday, Florida’s prestigious Gubernatorial Fellows Program welcomed ten students into its ninth class.  The program, established in 2004 by Governor Bush, places Fellows in front-line positions within the Executive Office of the Governor and executive agencies with the goal to cultivate future leaders through immersion in the political process.

The non-partisan program is overseen by a Board of public and private sector leaders including Florida Chamber of Commerce EVP David Hart, former Secretary of State Glenda Hood, and former Florida Governor Bob Martinez.  

The following ten students were selected following a competitive application and interview process:

  • Robert “Alex” Andrade, 24, will serve in the Department of Transportation. He is a third year law student at the University of Florida Levin College Of Law, and holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising from the University of Florida. 
  • Emily Colon, 26, will serve in the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. She is a graduate student in public administration at the University of South Florida, and holds an associate’s degree from Manatee Community College (State College of Florida) and a bachelor’s degree in international business from the University of South Florida. 
  • Courtney Coppola, 22, will serve in the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. She is a graduate student in applied American politics and policy at Florida State University, and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida State University. 
  • Matletha Fuller, 21, will serve in the Department of Health. She is a graduate student in public administration at Florida State University and holds bachelors’ degrees in political science and English from the University of Florida. 
  • Courtney McCowen, 26, will serve in the Department of Juvenile Justice. She is a third-year law student at The Florida State University College of Law,  and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Georgia. 
  • David Mica Jr., 30, will serve in the Executive Office of the Governor. He is a third-year law student at The Florida State University College of Law, and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Florida. 
  • Carlos Paez, 23, will serve in the Department of Elder Affairs.  He is a graduate student in political science at Florida State University, and holds an associate’s degree from Miami Dade College and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida State University. 
  • Shavecca M. Snead, 37, will serve in the Department of Children and Families. She is a doctoral candidate in higher education at Florida State University, and holds a bachelor’s degree in visual art from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia and a Master’s degree in drawing from the University of Florida. 
  • Margaret Spicer, 24, will serve in the Department of Economic Opportunity. She is a third-year law student at The Florida State University College of Law, and holds bachelors’ degrees in political science and international affairs from Florida State University.

For nine months, these ten Fellows will work a minimum of 20 hours per week and will receive an hourly wage for their time on the job.

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