Dept. of Economic Opportunity names legislative affairs staff

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The Department of Economic Opportunity announced that Bill Wilson has been named Director of Legislative Affairs and Theresa “Cissy” Proctor has been named Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs. 

“Bill brings to DEO extensive experience with the legislative process and considerable relationships with key stakeholders,” said Jesse Panuccio, the newly appointed DEO Executive Director said. “Cissy has represented a number of public-sector agencies and organizations and will be a critical member of our team.”  

Wilson joins DEO after spending the previous seven years with the Florida House of Representatives. After serving as an aide to House Speaker Marco Rubio, Wilson joined House Finance & Tax Committee where he dealt with matters pertaining to state and local taxation, economic development initiatives and revenue forecasting. Bill, a graduate of Florida International University, has an MBA with a concentration in Finance.

Proctor joins DEO from the law firm of Bryant Miller Olive, PA, where she has a successful legal and government consulting practice. Over her career, the Florida State University College of Law alumna has represented private sector clients who conduct business with the state and has also counseled public entities in matters related to labor and employment, land use, and public finance.

“With the addition of Bill and Cissy to the staff, I am confident that DEO will have knowledgeable and effective legislative representation,” said Panuccio. “I look forward to their counsel and assistance in ensuring DEO helps get Florida families back to work.”

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