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
James J. Moran
James J. Moran
Vice Chairman
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:
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:
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
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Brandon Tucker
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. - Florida State University
Contact Address:

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

Occupation:
President, The Tucker Group, LLC
Professional, Business and Service Affiliations:
Seacoast National Bank (NSDQ: SBCF) Community Board Member, REACH FM (40 Stations Statewide), Advisory Board, Economic Council of Okeechobee County, Inc. (Board Member 2002-2010, Chairman 2005), Business Development Board of Okeechobee (Board Member 2009-2010), Member of The Florida State University Alumni Association, Life Member, Member of Palm City Chamber of Commerce (Board of Directors 2013-2015), Faith Farm Ministries, Inc. Board of Directors (2013-Present, Treasurer 2015), Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin & Okeechobee Counties (IRMO), Board of Directors 2013-Present, Appointed Chairman by Governor Rick Scott 2013-Present)
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Jaime Weisinger
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:
B.A. - Boston University
Contact Address:

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

Occupation:
Director of Community and Government Relations for Lipman Family Farms
Professional, Business and Service Affiliations: