Cissy Proctor was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott as the Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity in January 2016. As director of DEO, Proctor coordinates and manages statewide workforce programs, community development opportunities, and economic development initiatives. Proctor oversees the department’s 1,600 employees and $1 billion budget.
Over the past three years, she has served the agency as Chief of Staff, Director of the Division of Strategic Business Development, and Deputy Legislative Affairs Director. In that time, she has spearheaded the effort to streamline the state’s incentive process to attract more businesses to Florida and to promote the creation and expansion of businesses within the state. These economic development partnerships have helped generate economic prosperity for communities and cities across Florida.
Proctor has built relationships with Legislators, the business community, and policy experts across the country to ensure the department is effectively serving businesses, communities, and individuals so that Florida is the best place to live, learn, play, work and do business.
Before joining the department, Proctor practiced law with the Tallahassee-based firm Bryant Miller Olive, PA. She received her J.D. magna cum laude from the Florida State University College of Law and her bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from Florida State University.