As she prepares to take over from term limited state Attorney General Pam Bondi next week, incoming Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody announced several key staff hires on Wednesday.
John Guard will serve as Chief Deputy Attorney General, Richard Martin will serve as General Counsel, Dan Olson will serve as Governmental Affairs Director, Erica Geiger will serve as Director of Special Projects and Initiatives and Lauren Schenone will serve as Director of Public Affairs. Whitney Ray will remain serving as Director of Communications.
“I am thankful these talented individuals will be serving in important roles on our team. Together we will work diligently to protect Floridians and remain accountable through transparency and effective communication,” Moody said on Wednesday.
The Moody team provided the following information on the new hires:
John Guard will serve as Chief Deputy Attorney General. Guard most recently was a partner at the Quarles & Brady law firm in Tampa, Florida. Prior to working at Quarles, Guard served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida. Prior to serving as a federal prosecutor, Guard practiced law at Holland & Knight for seven years, and served as a federal law clerk. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Florida State University and a Juris Doctorate from Tulane University School of Law.
Richard Martin will serve as General Counsel. Martin most recently was a partner at the Akerman law firm in Tampa, Florida where he practiced law for over 14 years. He also served as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson of the Northern District of Florida. Martin is a native Floridian from Lakeland and holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Florida and a Juris Doctorate from Florida State University College of Law.
Dan Olson will serve as the Governmental Affairs Director overseeing legislative and cabinet affairs. Most recently, Olson served as chief operating officer at VISIT FLORIDA. He has also served as chief of staff of the Florida Lottery and held roles at the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Executive Office of the Governor. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and applied economics and a master’s degree in public administration both from Florida State University.
Erica Geiger will serve as Director of Special Projects and Initiatives. In this role, Geiger will manage projects related to the Attorney General-elect’s top priorities, including the combatting the opioid and human trafficking epidemics and coordinating law enforcement support. Geiger previously was the Director of Political Affairs on Ashley Moody’s successful campaign for Attorney General and is currently overseeing operations on the Attorney General-elect’s Transition Committee. She also worked at the State Attorney’s office in the 13th Judicial Circuit of Florida. Geiger holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology and American sign language from the University of South Florida and a Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law.
Lauren Schenone will serve as Director of Public Affairs. In this role, she will focus on communications and external affairs. Schenone most recently served as Governor Scott’s Press Secretary and Chief Spokesperson on his successful Senatorial campaign. She previously held several communications roles for Executive Office of the Governor and the Republican Party of Florida. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Florida State University.
Whitney Ray will continue to serve as Director of Communications. Ray is a former member of the Florida Capitol Press Corps. Prior to covering state government and politics in Florida, Ray reported for KNWA, Fox 24 and KFSM in Arkansas. He previously served as press secretary for the Attorney General’s Office and the Department of Children and Families. Ray earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Arkansas and a Masters of Applied American Politics and Policy from Florida State University.