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Nigel M. Joseph, Chair

A resident of Hillsborough County since 1990, Mr. Joseph has a Bachelor of Design Architecture from the University of Florida, a Master of Architecture with Distinction from Lawrence Technological University, and is a current Ph.D. student at the University of South Florida. With professional experience in both architecture and planning services, he plans to apply…

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Cody Powell, Vice Chair

A resident of Hillsborough County since 2010, Mr. Powell is a licensed broker and Vice President of Powell Realty. He currently serves on the Affordable Housing Board and its Land Trust Sub-Committee. He has previously served on the Hillsborough County Land Use Appeals Board and is currently a Board Member on the American Cancer Society’s…

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Derek L. Doughty, Member-at-Large

Mr. Doughty has focused on the development of hydrologic and hydraulic modeling of stormwater conveyance systems and management facilities with extensive experience in Watershed Management, Master Planning, Land Engineering and Planning, Roadway Design, and Commercial and Residential Development engineering. A resident of Hillsborough County for 47 years, he is a Senior Associate for Johnson, Mirmiran &…

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Steven Bernstein

Steve Bernstein is a partner with the Tampa law offices of Fisher Phillips. For the past three decades, he has maintained a traditional labor practice on behalf of employers throughout the United States in both the state and federal courts, as well as before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the U.S. Department of Labor…

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Giovanny Cardenas

Giovanny Cardenas has Bachelor’s Degrees in Criminology and Political Science from the University of Miami and a Master’s Degree in Homeland Security. He brings a variety of skills acquired through his mixed experience in Real Estate, Financial Services, and Program Management for the Department of Homeland Security. His ability to find common ground and understanding…

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Amber K. Dickerson, AICP (Ex-Officio)

As the Department Manager of Planning and Siting for Hillsborough County Public Schools – the eighth largest school district in the country, Ms. Dickerson is directly involved in short and long range facility planning, school concurrency implementation, real estate transactions, intergovernmental coordination, attendance boundary changes, and bike and pedestrian safety efforts. Ms. Dickerson has a Bachelor’s…

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John Dicks

John Dicks is an attorney and businessman who has dedicated many years and much energy to public service. He served for three terms as Mayor of his hometown of Plant City, including nine years as City Commissioner. John’s long history of civic involvement and public service began in 1994 when he was appointed by the…

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Theodore Trent Green

Theodore Trent Green brings with him more than 25 years of experience in architecture and urban design as well as extensive community involvement in planning and development. A 20+ year resident of Temple Terrace, Commissioner Green is a Professor at the University of South Florida’s School of Architecture and Community Design. He has also served…

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Karen Kress, AICP

Karen Kress serves as the Director of Transportation and Planning at the Tampa Downtown Partnership. A true advocate for transit and transportation, Ms. Kress leads the Partnership’s Transportation and Urban Design Committees and its Parking Task Force. She is an avid biker, a champion for safe walking and bicycling, and has actively volunteered for the…

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Michael Maurino, CNU-A

Michael Maurino is the Director of Transportation and Planning for the Westshore Alliance. He is accredited by the Congress for New Urbanism and brings more than a decade of experience in government relations and advocating for policies and projects, including transportation improvement strategies. A graduate of the University of Florida with a B.A. in Political…

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Tony Rodriguez, AICP (Ex-Officio)

Mr. Rodriguez is Base Community Planner. He brings with him more than 25 years of public and private sector experience in policy, management, planning, and engineering. Mr. Rodriguez previously represented MacDill as an Ex-Officio Planning Commissioner from 2005 – 2007. Appointed by: MacDill AFB Appointed by: MacDill AFB  

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Open position

Mitch Thrower has resigned. We thank him for his nine years of dedicated service to our community. Hillsborough County is currently accepting applications for this opening. To be appointed in 2020 by: Hillsborough County Term will expire by: September 30, 2023

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