Susan Pareigis

Former Directo, Agency for Workforce Innovation & President, Council of 100

Susan Pareigis serves as President of the Florida Council of 100 where she advises the Council membership on issues affecting business, assists in strengthening partnerships to achieve a competitive business climate and provides research on public policy issues. The Council of 100 is composed of a diverse group of key leaders and has served in an advisory capacity to the Governor since 1961. The Council promotes policies that ensure a high quality of life for Floridians and a diversified Florida economy. Susan serves on the 2060 Transportation Steering Committee, Enterprise Florida Board of Directors, Policy Council of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Legislative Policy Council of Workforce Florida, Foundation for Florida’s Future Board of Directors and currently serves as Chairman of the United States Department of Labor’s Advisory Committee on Veteran’s Employment, Training and Employer Outreach (ACVETEO). From 2002 to 2006, Pareigis was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush and served as the Director of Florida’s Agency for Workforce Innovation (AWI). AWI is a $ 1.5B agency that administers the state’s workforce development, unemployment compensation and early learning programs. During her tenure at AWI, Pareigis implemented the State of Florida’s first Universal Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program and provided leadership for the Agency during the recovery periods following the devastating hurricanes of 2004-2005. Prior to 2002, Pareigis served as the President and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Collier County, International Business Affairs Director for the Lee County Office of Economic Development and the Executive Vice President of the Chamber of Southwest Florida. Pareigis served on the President's National Hire Veterans Committee (PNHVC), focused on the employment of separating military men and women. She also served as a co-chair of the Statewide Strategic Plan for Economic Development, "Roadmap to Florida's Future," and was a member of Governor Bush’s Growth Management Study Commission, which issued its report in 2001. Pareigis was appointed and served on the Universal Pre-Kindergarten Education Advisory Council and on the Board of Directors for the Child Care Executive Partnership. She also served on the Workforce Florida Board of Directors, Career Education Task Force, the Governor's Ex-Offender Task Force, the Florida Construction Institute and the Workforce Estimating Conference. She is a University of South Florida graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business and is a graduate of Leadership Florida, Class XIX.