Nathan Cook – Secretary
As the former Chief of Staff to two of Florida’s most well-known legislators, Nathan has had a hand in crafting many of the past decade’s largest pieces of legislation. He has a penchant for policies that solve community problems, with special expertise in environmental issues and economic development. Over his tenure with the legislature, Nathan worked as a key policy advisor for his members on projects such as Scripps, SunRail, Florida’s Recycling Program, Growth Management Legislation and consumer protection programs such as the Mover’s Regulation & Protection Act. As a citizen of Central Florida since the late 1980’s, Nathan has been around to watch the community he lives in blossom into a major commercial and industrial player within our region, state and nation. His sphere of influence includes both local and statewide policy makers and community leaders. And with 10 years working in the capital, he knows how to navigate the halls and open the right doors at both local and state levels.
Cook’s exemplary 10 years in Tallahassee, serving as chief of staff for Sen. Lee Constantine and Rep. Randy Johnson, allowed him to serve residents and businesses in Orange, Osceola, Lake and Seminole counties. Cook helped craft many of the decade’s largest pieces of legislation including the Florida Movers Regulation Act – a law designed to protect all citizens in Florida from unscrupulous movers, the Stephanie Saboor Grieving Parents Act, a law protecting the rights of parents who have lost a child due to miscarriage and HB 7243 Recycling Bill, a law that was passed last year to implement the statewide policy and move Florida toward the goal of 75% recycling.
Cook is currently the Vice President of the Services Division at The Garage, an innovative technology company. In 2011, he was recognized by the Orlando Business Journal as one of the region’s” 40 under 40.”
Outside the office, Cook, a father of a baby girl and two foster children, volunteers his time to advocate for the rights of foster children and improvement in the system. In addition to serving on the City of Life Foundation, he was honored as the 2010 recipient of the “Ripple of Hope” Award for the National Mentor Network.