Speaker Introduction

Former Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll has a long and distinguished career in civil, military and private sector. She is a former Senior Advisor of Global Digital Solutions Inc., and former President and CEO of North American Custom Specialty Vehicles, Inc.

As Lieutenant Governor Mrs. Carroll sought ways to increase military operations in Florida and protected Florida’s military bases from encroachment. She also increased commercial Space activity which enabled displaced shuttle workers to find jobs.

While serving as a member of the Florida House of Representatives she sponsored a $203 million jobs package to provide tax credits to encourage companies to hire Floridians who were out of work.

Mrs. Carroll is a highly decorated retired Navy veteran who rose from an enlisted jet mechanic to retire as a Lieutenant Commander after 20 years. In her capacity as Executive Director of Florida Department of Veteran’s Affairs she personally championed Florida receiving two national veterans’ cemetery, three veterans nursing homes and raised money to erect Florida’s World War II monument in Tallahassee. She was responsible for the claims and benefits of over 1.8 million veterans. In fiscal year 2001, she was able to get more than $63 million in retroactive compensation was awarded to Florida veterans.

Finally, as Chairperson of the Florida Council on Homelessness, Mrs. Carroll sought ways for Florida to provide enhanced services toward solving homeless problems in the state and particularly within the veteran’s community.