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CFO Atwater Appoints Rita Barreto Craig to the Commission on the Status of Women


Contact: Ashley Carr
(850) 413 – 2842
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – CFO Jeff Atwater today announced the appointment of Palm Beach County human resource executive Rita Barreto Craig to the Commission on the Status of Women. Rita is currently President and Founder of Top Tier Leadership, a multifaceted human resource consulting firm, where she draws upon the experience gathered during her 23-year tenure as Florida Power & Light’s first female Division Human Resources Manager. The Commission on the Status of Women aims to bring awareness to issues affecting Florida’s women and families, and to recognize the accomplishments of women.
“Throughout her distinguished career, Rita has exhibited a great dedication to serving her community,” said CFO Atwater. “In both the public and private sectors, Rita consistently raises the level of conversation on important issues impacting women and children, and I’m pleased she will now lend her voice as a member of this Commission.”   
As an appointed member on the Commission on the Status of Women, Rita will stay informed on the diverse views, needs and concerns of Florida women, serve as an advocate for women’s causes across the state, and support the creation of partnerships to benefit the Commission.
Rita holds a master’s degree in business from Nova University and attended the Columbia University HR program for continued education. Among her notable contributions and recognitions, she previously served two four-year terms on the Florida Commission on Human Relations under Governor Bush, and in 2000, she was voted the top HR professional in the state of Florida. Her writings have been widely published and her work has been recognized by the South Florida Business Journal, the National Speakers Association, HR Florida, and the North Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce, among others.
The Florida Commission on the Status of Women is a nonpartisan board, statutorily created in 1991 and housed under the Florida Attorney General’s Office. It consists of 22 members who serve four year terms and are appointed by cabinet members and legislative leaders. Commissioners are volunteers and come from very diverse backgrounds and professions, representing every geographic area of the state.  
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Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official, oversees the Department of Financial Services. 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. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).