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Progressive Club to hold monthly meeting

By PROGRESSIVE CLUB - | Jan 8, 2021

PHOTO PROVIDED Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried

The Progressive Club of the Islands will hold its virtual monthly meeting on Jan. 13 at 4 p.m.

The guest speaker will be Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried. She will share her vision and plans for the state in 2021 and what she sees happening this year. Fried will also tell Progressives what they need to do to win in Florida in 2022.

Florida’s l2th Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Fried is a lifelong Floridian, attorney and passionate activist. Born and raised in Miami, she graduated from the University of Florida, where she received her bachelor’s, master’s and juris doctor degrees. While at the university, Fried served as student body president — the first woman to hold the position in nearly two decades.

As an attorney, Fried was head of the felony division at the Alachua County Public Defender’s Office and worked in private practice in South Florida, defending homeowners against foreclosure during the 2007-08 housing crisis. Prior to being elected, she worked at law firms as a government consultant, advocating on behalf of clients before the Florida Legislature. In 2017, Fried formed her own firm to advocate in Tallahassee for at-risk children, the Broward County School Board and the expansion of patient access to medical marijuana.

Throughout her career, Fried has served with numerous organizations, including the University of Florida Board of Trustees, Florida Children First, Young Lawyers Board of Governors and Legal Needs of Children Bar Committee. She is a member of Florida Blue Key, the oldest and most prestigious leadership honorary in Florida.

It is an interactive meeting with time provided for questions. To attend the meeting, email pcisancap@gmail.com to receive the Zoom link or watch live at www.facebook.com/pcisancap.

Annual dues for the Progressive Club are $30 for an individual or $60 for a couple. To renew a membership or join, mail a check payable to PCI to: PCI, P.O. Box 898, Sanibel, FL 33957.

For more information, visit https://pcislands.org or contact 239-994-3l75 or pcisancap@gmail.com.