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CFO Jeff Atwater Appoints Michelle Dahnke Deputy CFO of the Department of Financial Services


Contact: Chris Cate
(850) 413- 2842
TALLAHASSEE – Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today announced the appointment of Michelle Dahnke as Deputy CFO of the Florida Department of Financial Services. In her new role, Dahnke will oversee communications strategy and community outreach.
“Michelle brings our department more than a decade of strategic communications and policy experience on a variety of issues important to the well-being of Florida families,” said CFO Atwater. “I’m confident her expertise will advance our efforts to make our government more transparent and our entire state more consumer and business-friendly.”
Dahnke was most recently Deputy Communications Director for the Executive Office of Florida Governor Rick Scott, where she was responsible for providing direction and consultation to Governor Scott and the Governor’s cabinet agencies. From 2011 to 2014, Dahnke was the Director of Communications and Multimedia for the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.
She has also been Interim Communications Director for the Florida Department of Health, worked in the Executive Office of Governor Jeb Bush as a Gubernatorial Fellow and as a Public Information Officer for the Department of Financial Services under Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher.
Dahnke has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication and Public Relations and a Master of Science Degree in Integrated Marketing and Communication, both from Florida State University. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Public Health degree in Biostatistics and Epidemiology from the Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University.
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Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official and officer of the Florida Cabinet, oversees the Department of Financial Services including the Division of Insurance Fraud. CFO Atwater’s priorities include fighting financial fraud, abuse and waste in government, reducing government spending and regulatory burdens that chase away businesses, and providing transparency and accountability in spending.