2015 Outstanding Commissioner

Karlinsky-Headshot-June2015-600Autumn Karlinsky, commissioner with Volunteer Florida, was recently announced as the 2015 Outstanding Commissioner as part of the 2015 Innovation and Leadership Awards at the America’s Service Commissions Annual Reception in Arlington, VA.

Autumn Karlinsky was appointed by Governor Rick Scott and confirmed by the Florida Senate to serve on the Volunteer Florida Commission in 2011. In 2014, Commissioner Karlinsky was elected by fellow Commissioners to serve as the Chair of the Volunteer Florida Commission. Commissioner Karlinsky holds leadership and advisory positions in various local, statewide and national organizations, including a family endowment at the Florida State University College of Law, the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, Temple Dor Dorim and Imagine Charter School at Weston.

“As Chair of the Governor’s lead agency for national service and volunteerism in Florida, Chair Karlinsky has dedicated an enormous amount of time and energy to elevating Volunteer Florida,” said Chester Spellman, CEO of Volunteer Florida. “Chair Karlinsky has been particularly active in leveraging resources, ensuring that the Commission has the funds necessary to grow our national service footprint across Florida so that we can continually serve more Florida students, veterans, job-seekers, and families.”

Karlinsky awardFrom an organizational perspective, Chair Karlinsky played a leading role in revitalizing the Volunteer Florida Foundation and ensuring that it worked collaboratively with the Commission in order to maximize Volunteer Florida’s impact statewide.

Chair Karlinsky has worked closely with policymakers to ensure that thought leaders understand Volunteer Florida’s impact across the state. Volunteer Florida relies heavily on state funding, and her efforts have strengthened the Commission’s relationship with key policymakers.

“We’re pleased to present Autumn Karlinsky with this honor,” said Kaira Esgate, CEO of America’s Service Commissions. “Chair Karlinsky has had a tremendous impact in securing resources to maximize Volunteer Florida’s impact statewide.”


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