Governor Scott Names Agency Leaders

Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott today announced the appointment of
executive directors for three state agencies. Cynthia Lorenzo, who has
served as interim director since January, will lead the Agency for
Workforce Innovation. Mike Hansen will head the Agency for Persons with
Disabilities, and Doug Darling will lead the new Department of Economic
Opportunity.  Darling will also coordinate the transition of existing
agencies into the new one, which streamlines the state’s economic
development functions and becomes effective October 1, 2011.

Cynthia Lorenzo has led the Agency for Workforce Innovation since 2009, and
previously was a deputy director, beginning in 2007. Before joining the
agency, she served at the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, beginning
in 2005 as communications director and later as chief of staff and Interim
Secretary. She previously served in the communications office of the
Florida Department of Transportation.

“Cynthia has basically led the Agency for Workforce Innovation for the past
five years,” Governor Scott said. “I am proud today to remove her ‘interim’
designation.”

Mike Hansen has more than 30 years of experience with health and human
services policy and budgeting, beginning as a research assistant in Miami
with the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services.  As head
of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, Mike Hansen returns to the
executive branch of state government with 22 years of experience in various
roles with the Florida Senate and Florida House of Representatives. Under
Governor Jeb Bush, Hansen served as the director of the Office of Policy
and Budget from 2003 to 2006 and as Health and Human Services Policy
Coordinator from 1999 to 2002.  Most recently, he was staff director for
the Florida Senate’s Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services.

“Mike’s extensive experience with Medicaid services and budgeting will be
of tremendous help as we continue to work to ensure the availability of
services to one of Florida’s most vulnerable populations,” Governor Scott
said.  “At the same time, he will help us work with members of the
disabilities community to develop strategies to avoid future budget
deficits.”

Doug Darling currently serves within the Executive Office of the Governor
as Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Cabinet Affairs.  He has served in
Florida’s state government for 15 years at the Department of Financial
Services, the Department of Education and, most recently, as Chief of Staff
and Inspector General for the Department of Environmental Protection.
Previously, while serving in the United States Marine Corps, he was the
Congressional liaison in the Office of the Secretary of the Navy, as well
as Comptroller in the Marine Air Wing.  He is a graduate of Ball State
University.

“As we work to make Florida the best place for businesses to grow, expand
and create jobs, I am confident in Doug’s ability to lead our efforts to
streamline existing economic development functions into one agency,”
Governor Scott said. “Along with Commerce Secretary Gray Swoope, the
Department of Economic Opportunity with Doug Darling at the helm will help
our state create jobs for Floridians.”