We are excited to welcome Ryan Smith to the McNicholas & Associates team as Director of Public Affairs. Ryan will be heading our new Tallahassee office. Ryan is an accomplished operative in Florida politics with ten years of campaign and legislative experience.
He has run numerous successful campaigns, including those of Congressman Matt Gaetz (2016) and former Florida House Speakers Steve Crisafulli (2008) and Will Weatherford (2010). From 2011-2014, Ryan served as Deputy Director of House Campaigns for the Republican Party of Florida, helping to install a Republican supermajority in the Florida House during the 2014 election cycle. Most recently, Ryan has served as a senior adviser for the statewide campaign of Denise Grimsley for Commissioner of Agriculture, as well as numerous races at the state and local levels.
Ryan also has tremendous legislative experience, previously serving as Deputy Chief of Staff of the Florida House of Representatives under Speaker Steve Crisafulli, where he was responsible for the Speaker’s policy initiatives, education policy, and messaging.
Ryan graduated from the Florida State University in 2007 with a degree in Political Science and International Affairs. He was named a “30 under 30 Rising Star in Florida Politics” by Florida Politics’ Peter Schorsch in 2013.
We are delighted to welcome Ryan and are confident his skill set and experience will be a tremendous asset to our team and yours.