A PUBLIC SERVANT WITH BUSINESS & NONPROFIT EXPERIENCE
Rick Minor is the Chief Executive Officer of the Big Bend’s nonprofit food bank. Under his leadership, the food bank has grown by 20% over the past year, providing more than 8 million meals to local families and individuals struggling with hunger. It coordinates with more than 130 agency partners -- churches, schools, and other nonprofits -- to serve about 55,000 people each month.
Rick is also the former Chief of Staff to the Mayor’s Office at Tallahassee’s City Hall. In this role, he was responsible for managing both the Mayor’s office and the City’s involvement in various projects such as Local Business Saturday, Choose Tallahassee, and the DeSoto ‘America’s First Christmas’ site. He also functioned as the City’s intergovernmental and legislative liaison, advocating for federal and state policies that benefited Tallahassee's residents and businesses.
Throughout his career, Rick has developed public policy for state and local governments but he's also spent a great deal of time in the private sector. He has run the financial operations of a small business, managing accounts and making payroll for employees.
In addition, Rick spent nearly a decade as a business and information technology consultant, working on numerous private and public sector projects throughout the United States as well as in Germany, Hong Kong, Canada, South Africa, and Denmark.
Rick is a native Floridian with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business. He has also earned a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
A COMMUNITY LEADER
Believing that good work begins in our own backyard, Rick is dedicated to community service in Tallahassee.
Rick is President of KCCI’s Tallahassee Music Week, an annual 10-day celebration of local musicians and music diversity. Over the past three years, hundreds of musical performances have taken place at more than 50 locations throughout Tallahassee. Most events have been free and open to the public.
He has taught government at Florida State University and Tallahassee Community College. He is also a member of Leadership Tallahassee Class 26, the Capital City Tiger Bay Club, the Network of Entrepreneurs & Business Advocates (NEBA), the Capital City Kiwanis Club and Trinity United Methodist Church.
Additionally, Rick has been a member of the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, and he served on the boards of the Tallahassee-Leon Shelter and the Tallahassee Citizens’ Police Academy Alumni Association.
As Chair of the City of Tallahassee's United Way campaign, Rick led the fundraising effort that raised nearly $240,000, an all-time City of Tallahassee record.
In 2008, the C.K. Steele Foundation honored Rick for his service to the Tallahassee community and in 2015 he was a finalist for Leadership Tallahassee’s Leader of the Year Award.
A FAMILY MAN
Rick married Jessica Lowe-Minor in 2009 and their first child, Madeline Grace Minor, was born on New Year's Day 2014. In addition to their young daughter, Rick and Jessica are the proud "parents" of a cat, a dog and a horse.
When time allows, Rick's favorite pastimes include: taking strolls with his wife and daughter at Cascades Park and Lake Ella; kayaking on the Wakulla River; and listening to the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Johnny Cash, 80's music, Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole.
As you may know, in April Leon County Commissioner John Dailey filed to run for Mayor of Tallahassee. Shortly after his announcement, many people asked me to consider running for Commissioner Dailey's now-open seat on the County Commission. For 12 years, John has done an excellent job serving the people of District 3 and of Leon County as a whole. We need someone who will continue that level of public service and build upon the great work that has been done.
I love what the County government is doing, and I love the vision that the County has developed over the last several years. So much so that I would have filed for this seat had John announced his mayoral run earlier.
And so I decided to run for the District 3 seat on the Leon County Commission.
My dedication to this community is as strong as ever, and as a candidate, my priorities will remain the same: reducing crime, strengthening neighborhoods; helping local businesses create high-quality, high-paying jobs; protecting our environment; and restoring trust and credibility to local government.
I want to thank you for your incredible help during the City Commission race, and I hope you'll choose to continue your support of me for this new campaign.
Thank you very much for your support, and I look forward to working with you to make our community an even better place to live,