Jeannie Garner, Florida League of Cities

I am the Executive Director of the Florida League of Cities and have been a proud employee of the organization for more than 25 years. Before becoming Executive Director, I served as Director of Insurance and Financial Services. Our League headquarters is in Kleman Plaza with approximately 80 employees, and we have an office in Orlando with 130 employees.

The League was formed in 1922 and serves as the united voice for Florida’s 411 cities, towns and villages. For nearly a century, our mission has remained the same. We believe in Local Voices Making Local Choices, meaning that we advocate for local decision-making so that cities can govern themselves and serve the unique needs of their residents. We know residents strongly support this concept, so we’re building a grassroots network to provide an easy way for people to get engaged and voice their support.

We’re excited to celebrate our 100th anniversary in 2022, and we have a yearlong celebration planned to spotlight our members, such as the City of Tallahassee, and the wonderful services and quality of life that cities deliver for residents and businesses.

As Executive Director, it’s my goal to ensure that we’re providing Florida’s cities with the services and resources they need to succeed. I’m proud of the diverse slate of offerings we provide, such as our seasoned policy experts who lobby at the Capitol and our popular Institute for Elected Municipal Officials that provides critical training on municipal governance. We also offer essential services such as risk management, disaster recovery and pension administration that allow cities to protect themselves and their employees.

But the thing I’m most proud of is the culture we’ve established at the League. We are an organization that people want to work for because of the way we treat our employees. Our culture is something my leadership team and I discuss daily, making sure that we’re listening to the wants and needs of our staff and shaping our organization accordingly. We continue to prioritize a positive employee experience, most recently adding remote workdays and creating opportunities for our staff to get together and have fun.

I am a proud graduate of Leadership Tallahassee (Class XXXVI, 2018-2019). I serve on the Board of the United Way of the Big Bend and some national boards as well.

I encourage you to learn more about how you can get involved on issues important to you and your business by visiting the League’s website at