Governing Board Members

The South Florida Water Management District is directed by nine Governing Board members who set policy for the agency. They reside within the agency's 16-county region and represent a cross section of interests, including the environment, agriculture, local government, recreation and business. Governing Board members are unpaid citizen volunteers appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Florida Senate. They generally serve four-year terms.

The South Florida Water Management District encompasses two major watershed basins, the Okeechobee Basin and the Big Cypress Basin. The Big Cypress Basin also has a Basin Board, with appointed members setting policy. One Governing Board member also serves as the chair of the Big Cypress Basin Board.

The Governing Board appoints the Executive Director, who directs all South Florida Water Management District activities. The Florida Senate confirms this candidate.

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Dan O'Keefe
Dan O'Keefe
Chairman
Term:
-
Phone:
(561) 682-6262
Areas Represented:
Glades, Highlands, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola and Polk counties
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Appointed By:
Governor Rick Scott
Appointment Date:
Education:
J.D., with honors – University of Florida College of Law, B.S. in Business Administration, Business & Finance – University of Florida
Contact Address:

SFWMD Governing Board, 3210
P.O. Box 24680
West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4680
United States

Occupation:
Attorney with Shutts and Bowen LLP
Professional, Business and Service Affiliations:
Board Member, Smart Growth Alliance, Wekiva River System Advisory Management Committee, Member, West Orange Chamber of Commerce, President, West Orange Political Alliance, Former Member, East Central Florida Regional Planning Council
Kevin Powers
Kevin Powers
Vice Chairman
Term:
-
Phone:
(561) 682-6262
Areas Represented:
At-large member for an area that includes St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties
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Appointed By:
Governor Rick Scott
Appointment Date:
Education:
B.S., Economics – Florida State University
Contact Address:

SFWMD Governing Board, 3210
P.O. Box 24680
West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4680
United States

Occupation:
Partner, Indiantown Realty Corp.
Professional, Business and Service Affiliations:
Director, Stuart Martin County Chamber of Commerce, Member, Indiantown Western Martin County Chamber of Commerce, Former Director, United Way of Martin County, Former Director, United Way Foundation of Martin County, Former Vice-President and Director, Martin County Taxpayers Association, Former Director, Economic Council of Martin County
Sam Accursio
Sam Accursio
Term:
-
Phone:
(561) 682-6262
Areas Represented:
Miami-Dade County
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Appointed By:
Governor Rick Scott
Appointment Date:
Education:
Contact Address:

SFWMD Governing Board, 3210
P.O. Box 24680
West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4680
United States

Occupation:
Owner, Sam S. Accursio & Sons Farms
Professional, Business and Service Affiliations:
Vice Chair, Agriculture Practices Advisory Board, Member, Agriculture Advisory Board TREC, Member, First National Bank of South Florida Board of Directors, Former Member, First National Bank of South Florida Advisory Board, Former Member, Florida Farm Bureau Board of Directors
Rick Barber
Rick Barber
Big Cypress Basin Board Chair
Term:
-
Phone:
(561) 682-6262
Areas Represented:
Lee, Collier, Hendry and Charlotte counties
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Appointed By:
Governor Rick Scott
Appointment Date:
Education:
B.S., Civil Engineering, University of South Florida
Contact Address:

SFWMD Governing Board, 3210
P.O. Box 24680
West Palm Beach, FL 33406-4680
United States

Occupation:
Civil Engineer and Chief Executive Officer, Agnoli, Barber & Brundage Inc.
Professional, Business and Service Affiliations:
Secretary, CREW Trust Executive Committee, Member, National Society of Professional Engineers, Member, Florida Engineering Society, Member, American Water Resources Association, Member, Urban Land Institute, Member, Florida Stormwater Association, Member, American Society of Civil Engineers, Member, Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers
Federico Fernandez
Federico Fernandez
Term:
-
Phone:
(561) 682-6262
Areas Represented:
Miami-Dade County
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Appointed By:
Governor Rick Scott
Appointment Date:
Education:
J.D. – Emory University School of Law, B.A., Criminology – University of Miami
Contact Address:

SFWMD Governing Board, 3210
P.O. Box 24680
West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4680
United States

Occupation:
Attorney, DiFalco and Fernandez LLLP
Professional, Business and Service Affiliations:
Past Board Member, Dade Heritage Trust, Board Member, Bacardi Family Foundation, Title Agent, Attorney's Title Fund/Old Republic National Title Insurance Company
Clarke Harlow
Clarke Harlow
Term:
-
Phone:
(561) 682-6262
Areas Represented:
Broward County
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Appointed By:
Governor Rick Scott
Appointment Date:
Education:
B.A. – Texas Tech University
Contact Address:

SFWMD Governing Board, 3210
P.O. Box 24680
West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4680
United States

Occupation:
President of Harlow Asset Management and Southeast Landscape Management Company LLC
Professional, Business and Service Affiliations:
Mitch Hutchcraft
Mitch Hutchcraft
Term:
-
Phone:
(561) 682-6262
Areas Represented:
At-large from Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry, Highlands, Glades, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola and Polk counties
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Appointed By:
Governor Rick Scott
Appointment Date:
Education:
Master of Urban and Regional Planning – University of Florida, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture – University of Florida
Contact Address:

SFWMD Governing Board, 3210
P.O. Box 24680
West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4680
United States

Occupation:
Vice President – Real Estate, King Ranch/Consolidated Citrus LP
Professional, Business and Service Affiliations:
Member, Lee County Local Planning Agency, Member, Martin County Enterprise Zone Development Agency, Board Member, Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties, Former Member, Lee County Conservation Land Acquisition and Stewardship Advisory Committee, Former Alternate Member, SFWMD Water Resources Advisory Commission
James J. Moran
James J. Moran
Term:
-
Phone:
(561) 682-6262
Areas Represented:
Palm Beach County
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Appointed By:
Governor Rick Scott
Appointment Date:
Education:
J.D. – Nova Southeastern Law School, B.A. – University of Florida
Contact Address:

SFWMD Governing Board, 3210
P.O. Box 24680
West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4680
United States

Occupation:
Attorney Partner: Reed, Griffith & Moran
Professional, Business and Service Affiliations:
Melanie Peterson
Melanie Peterson
Term:
-
Phone:
(561) 682-6262
Areas Represented:
At-large member for an area that includes St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties
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Appointed By:
Governor Rick Scott
Appointment Date:
Education:
B.A., Geography, Environmental Resource Analysis – Florida Atlantic University, Certificate – Geographic Information Systems
Contact Address:

SFWMD Governing Board, 3210
P.O. Box 24680
West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4680
United States

Occupation:
Realtor, Sotheby's International Realty
Professional, Business and Service Affiliations:
Member, Florida Farm Bureau's Statewide Equine Industry Advisory Board, Member, Florida Farm Bureau's Young Farmer and Rancher Leadership Program, Board Member, The Children’s Healing Institute, Former Member, Western Palm Beach County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, Former Supervisor and Member, Palm Beach Soil and Water Conservation District, Former Member, Loxahatchee River Management Coordinating Council