Niki McKinnell

Vice President of Public Affairs

Niki McKinnell serves as the Vice President of Public Affairs for the Florida Ports Council (FPC), a nonprofit corporation and the professional association for Florida’s 15 public seaports and their management. The FPC provides leadership, advocacy and information on seaport-related issues before the legislative and executive branches of state and federal government.

McKinnell brings more than a decade of communications and public affairs experience to the Florida Ports Council. She comes from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV), where she managed marketing programs and grants to increase driver safety on Florida’s roadways.

Before the DHSMV, McKinnell served as chief marketing officer at the Florida Department of Children and Families, creating nationally recognized campaigns to protect Florida’s most vulnerable. Previously, she was the new media and marketing manager for the Florida Department of Education, communications manager at the Florida Dental Association, and a spokesperson at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

McKinnell received her bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Florida and lives in Tallahassee with her two daughters.

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