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Erin Gillespie founded Madison Street Strategies in 2018. She has almost two decades of experience in media and public relations, crisis management, communications and government affairs. Most recently, she served in executive management at the state agency leading Florida's workforce, community and economic development, working with businesses and communities across the state to invest in a high-tech workforce, develop strong growth strategies and promote Florida's economic success. Erin has extensive disaster recovery experience, leading statewide private sector recovery efforts after Hurricanes Hermine, Matthew, Irma, Maria and Michael. In her role with the state of Florida, she led the state's selection of 427 Opportunity Zones and worked with communities to develop strategies to attract Opportunity Fund investment. Erin is also an adjunct professor at the Florida Center for Public Management with the Florida State University Askew School of Public Administration and Policy. Erin earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from Auburn University.