Chris Hart IV
President/CEO Workforce Florida, Inc.
Chris Hart IV is President/CEO of Workforce Florida Inc., the nonprofit, public-private organization charged with policy-setting and oversight of Florida’s workforce system. In this role, Hart is at the center of efforts to ensure the state has the talent needed to strengthen the global competitiveness of Florida businesses while also assisting Floridians with enhancing their skills to enter, remain and advance in the workforce. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Chamber Foundation have ranked Florida No. 1 in the nation for its workforce and training recognizing the workforce system’s job-placement performance as well as its training incentives program for new and expanding businesses, Quick Response Training.
Hart has served as the Interim Director of the Governor’s Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development (OTTED) under the administrations of both Governor Rick Scott and Governor Charlie Crist. In this role, he was key to efforts to align resources and priorities in Florida to meet the current and future needs of Florida’s businesses and its workforce through promoting job placement and creation, talent development, economic growth and diversity and business competitiveness. Hart also was appointed by Governor Crist in June 2010 to Chair the Governor’s Gulf Oil Spill Economic Recovery Task Force. The task force was responsible for coordinating state efforts in response to the Deepwater Horizon spill to assist affected businesses and industries, monitor BP’s efforts in providing financial relief to those affected and coordinate processes and efforts to gather economic loss data and industry economic indicators.
Prior to becoming Workforce Florida’s leader, Hart was the Senior Vice President of External Affairs and Investor Relations for Enterprise Florida Inc., the public-private partnership responsible for leading Florida’s statewide economic development and business recruitment efforts. Previously, he served in the Florida House of Representatives for two terms and was a small business owner. Hart currently serves on the boards of the Florida Chamber Foundation, the Institute for Human & Machine Cognition, the Florida Research Consortium and ITFlorida. He earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of South Florida and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University where he majored in Political Science.