Florida Jewish History Month: In Conversation with Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried
Tuesday, January 19 at 3:00pm to 4:00pmVirtual Event
This January, in celebration and observance of Florida Jewish History Month, the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU will host a virtual kickoff event on Tuesday, January 19 at 3 p.m., with Nikki Fried, Florida’s 12th Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services. JMOF-FIU Executive Director, Susan Gladstone Pasternack, will moderate an important conversation with the esteemed Commissioner, recognizing Jewish Floridian’s many contributions to Florida’s livelihood and success.
Born and raised in Miami, Commissioner Fried has had a vast legal career which included serving as the head of the Felony Division at the Alachua County Public Defender’s Office and working in private practice in South Florida, defending homeowners against foreclosure during the 2007-2008 housing crisis.
The University of Florida graduate also worked at private law firms as a government consultant, advocating on behalf of clients before the Florida Legislature before launching her own firm 2017. Specializing in advocacy for at-risk children, the Broward County School Board, and for the expansion of patient access to medical marijuana, throughout her career, Fried has also served with numerous organizations including the Young Lawyers Board of Governors, Legal Needs of Children Bar Committee, Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida, Florida’s Children First, and many others.
Initiated by Marcia Jo Zerivitz, L.H.D.,Founding Executive Director of the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, Florida Jewish History Month has been observed since 2003, when Gov. Jeb Bush signed a bill declaring the statewide observance. Florida is the first state in the nation to have a month dedicated to the tremendous contributions of Jews in its growth. Artist Romero Britto created the official logo for the Florida observance.