Jonathan (Jon) Steverson is a public affairs director with Foley & Lardner LLP, based in Florida’s capital city. Mr. Steverson is a member of The Florida Bar and trained as a litigator in the private sector before entering the world of public policy to represent the Florida Association of Counties before the Florida Legislature, the governor and cabinet, and numerous agencies and commissions.
Mr. Steverson’s work for local governments led to an invitation by Governor Jeb Bush’s Office of Policy and Budget to participate in the formation and promotion of far-reaching restructurings of growth management, eminent domain, water, and energy policies in the state.
Mr. Steverson’s tenure in the governor’s office spanned two administrations before he left the post of environmental policy coordinator to reenter the private sector to represent clients in the areas of water policy, growth and environmental planning, as well as agriculture, transportation, and economic development.
Mr. Steverson returned to public service to serve as special counsel on policy and legislative affairs to Secretary Herschel Vinyard at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. He also assisted the department as acting deputy secretary for water policy and ecosystem restoration, prior to beginning his tenure as executive director of the Northwest Florida Water Management District in June of 2012. At the district, he oversaw a restructuring of the agency and its budget that resulted in numerous benefits to the natural resources and communities throughout the panhandle.
Mr. Steverson most recently served as the secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. He was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to govern all functions of the department, including Regulatory Programs, Ecosystem Restoration, State Lands & Recreation, and the Office of Water Policy. Mr. Steverson worked hard to advance the department’s vision and strategic goals through partnerships with legislators, industry representatives, environmental interest groups, and numerous stakeholders. As secretary, he also staffed the governor and cabinet convening as the board of trustees. Mr. Steverson received distinct gratification in his work with all five of the state’s Water Management Districts and he was able to foster in the department’s land management operations and habitat restoration on over 800,000 acres.
Mr. Steverson earned his law degree (J.D., 2000) and bachelor’s degree in geography (B.S., 1997) from Florida State University.