Commission on the Status of Women (COSW)

This Commission was created to study and make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on issues pertaining to the status of women, including; discrimination, employment, education, day care, and health care. These recommendations are presented as comprehensive reports to the Board and distributed to the public and interested parties.

Membership:

The membership of this board shall be appointed by the BOCC and shall be comprised of 15 members. Composition is as follows:
  • Hillsborough County Commissioners - one member each

The Board of Directors of the following organizations shall each provide a nomination to the BOCC:

  • The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce
  • The Helen Gordon Davis Centre for Women
  • League of Women Voters of Hillsborough County
  • The Spring of Tampa Bay, Inc.
  • Hispanic Professional Women's Association, Inc.
  • National Council of Negro Women
  • University of South Florida
  • Hillsborough Community College

Terms:

Members shall serve staggered terms as follows:
  • BOCC Representatives
    • Shall serve for the term of the appointing commissioner. When a Commissioner is no longer in office, that commissioner's appointee shall continue to serve until such time as the new Commissioner reappoints that member or a new appointment is made to that position.
  • Members of the following organizations shall serve four year terms
    • Tampa Chamber of Commerce
    • The Helen Gordon Davis Centre for Women
    • The League of Women Voters
  • Members of the following organizations shall serve two year terms
    • The Spring of Tampa Bay, Inc.
    • Hispanic Professional Women's Association, Inc.
    • Tampa Metro Section - National Council of Negro Women
    • University of South Florida
    • Hillsborough Community College

Authority:

Board of County Commissioner's Resolution R-03-74; as amended by R-04-174; as amended by R07-059; and as amended by Resolution No. R13-171.

Meetings:

At least ten times a year.
County Center
601 E. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33602

Contact:

Beth Cardenas

Operations and Legislative Affairs
601 E. Kennedy Blvd. 26th Floor
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: (813) 276-2640

Agendas & Recaps Bylaws Women's Hall of Fame

Members:

Member Position Dates of Service
Ms. Ashley Carl
Hillsborough Community College Representative
05/21/2014 -
05/30/2018
Ms. Denise Chavez Commissioner Sandra Murman

12/29/2011 -
12/31/2018*

Ms. Linda D'Aquila The League of Women Voters 09/02/2009 -
07/31/2019*
Ms. Kimberlee DeBosier Chamber of Commerce 05/15/2013 -
07/31/2019*
Ms. Yvonne Fry Commissioner Al Higginbotham 02/09/2009 -
12/31/2018*
Ms. Dotti Groover-Skipper Commissioner Ken Hagan 05/18/2005 -
12/31/2018*
Ms. Dianne Hart Commissioner Miller

09/28/2016 -
12/31/2018

Ms. Susan Leisner Commissioner Stacy R. White 05/21/2003 -
12/31/2018*
Ms. Ann Madsen The Helen Gordon Davis Centre for Women 09/02/2015 -
12/31/2018
Ms. Mindy Murphy The Spring of Tampa Bay, Inc. 06/27/2012 -
06/30/2018*
Ms.Marggie Nichols Hispanic Professional Women's Association, Inc. 07/01/2017 -
06/30/2019
Ms. Tempress (Tee) Solomon National Council of Negro Women 07/15/2015 -
07/31/2019
Ms.Barbara Sparks-McGlinchy Commissioner Victor Crist 03/20/2017 -
11/30/2018
Ms. Rena Upshaw-Frazier Commissioner Pat Kemp 02/09/2017 -
11/30/2020
Ms. India Witte University of South Florida 08/06/2014 -
08/31/2018

* Reappointment