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Diversity Advisory Council

This Council works to facilitate communication between County government and its diverse populations, addressing matters related to diversity that are important to everyone.

Upcoming Diversity Advisory Council Meeting:

  • Wednesday, November 4, 2015
  • Wednesday, December 2, 2015
  • Saturday, April 16, 2016 tentative DAC community event

All meetings begin at 6:30 PM
Meeting Location: County Center, 26th Floor,
Conference Room A & B
601 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa


The membership of this Council shall be appointed by the Board of County Commissioners and will be comprised of 24 members, two representatives from each of the following categories:

  • African American
  • Caribbean
  • Far East Asian
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • Indian Asian
  • Middle Eastern
  • Native American
  • Northern European
  • Southern European
  • People with Disabilities
  • At-Large (identification with a specific category not required)


Each term for a member is two years.

Member Category Dates of Service
Ms. Tonni Bacoat-Jones African American
  African American  
Mr. Nestor Ortiz At-Large
Ms. Annie Thompson At-Large
Ms. Roxanne Bartley Caribbean
Mr. Francis Joseph Caribbean
Mr. Robert Chen Far East Asian
Mr. Hung Mai Far East Asian
Mr. Frank Roder Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender
Mr. Gary Howell Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender
Mr. David Chiriboga Hispanic/Latino
Mr. Satish Sharma Indian Asian
Mr. Gamal Gasser Middle Eastern
  Native American  
  Northern & Southern European   
Mr. Terry Kemple Northern & Southern European
Ms. Becki Forsell People with Disabilities
Ms. Marcia Minutello People with Disabilities


Board of County Commissioner's Resolution R-12-113, adopted August 2, 2012.

Contact Information
Albert Coleman
Office of Community Affairs
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