Welcome new Planning Commissioners Karen Kress and Michael Maurino!

At the Planning Commission’s April 10 meeting, two new Planning Commissioners recently appointed by the City of Tampa took their oath of office. “We are excited to have Karen Kress and Michael Maurino serve on the Planning Commission,” said Executive Director Melissa Zornitta. “Each brings a wealth of experience and insights that will serve the City of Tampa and the entire county well.”

Karen Kress currently serves as the Director of Transportation and Planning at the Tampa Downtown Partnership and leads the Partnership’s Transportation and Urban Design Committees and its Parking Task Force. A certified planner, Ms. Kress was honored by the Suncoast Section of the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association as Planner of the Year in 2014.

Michael Maurino advocates for policies that benefit children and families in his current role as Director of Public Policy for United Way Suncoast. A graduate of the University of Florida with a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Telecommunications-News, Mr. Maurino has previous experience as a legislative aide and as an advocate for Tampa’s business community and for infrastructure to support our growing community.

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