Jenkins and Peterson Selected to Chair and Vice Chair of Florida Commission on Human Relations


January 30, 2018



Frank Penela
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TALLAHASSEE – Recently, members of the Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR) unanimously selected Tony Jenkins of Lake Mary to serve as the Chair of the FCHR and Latanya Peterson of Fleming Island to serve as Vice Chair.

Chair Jenkins is Florida Blue Market President for the Central Florida region, developing business plans to increase and retain membership, enhance brand visibility and coordinate employee engagement. Prior to joining Florida Blue, Jenkins served as Director of Diversity for CSX Corporation and spent 20 years with the Walt Disney World Company in various management roles. 

He is the past Chair for both United Arts of Central Florida and Leadership Orlando Class 89.  He also serves on the Orlando Economic Partnership and the Central Florida Foundation, as well as a Board Trustee at Stetson University. Jenkins was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to serve on the FCHR in 2014.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Management from Morris Brown College in Atlanta, GA.

Vice Chair Peterson is an education professional and community advocate living in Fleming Island, Florida. An educator for more than 12 years, Peterson recently joined the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, where she assists Sheriff Darryl Daniels as the “Planning and Research Specialist.” Previously she served as Florida’s State Director for Engagement with the Republican National Committee, a high school English teacher and an education consultant for Steele Communications.

In addition to her professional work, Peterson is a passionate advocate for Clay County and Northeast Florida. She is a member of the Rotarian E-Club District 6970, on the Board for AMIKids Clay County and a Precinct Committeewoman for the Clay County Republican Party.

Peterson was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to serve on the FCHR in 2017.
FCHR works to prevent unlawful discrimination by investigating and resolving complaints of discrimination in the areas of housing, employment and public accommodations, as well as state employee whistle-blower retaliation against state agencies and state contractors. Since its creation in 1969, the Commission has investigated and closed more than 74,000 cases while enforcing the Florida Civil Rights Act, the Florida Fair Housing Act and the Florida Whistle-blower’s Act. Since 2006, Florida stakeholders have avoided at least $12 million per year by successfully participating in FCHR’s mediation services, thus preventing potentially costly lawsuits.

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