GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT ANNOUNCES MONICA RUSSELL AS DIRECTOR OF CABINET AFFAIRS; JOHN TUPPS AS DEPUTY COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR AND JERI BUSTAMANTE AS PRESS SECRETARY
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott today announced the appointments of Monica Russell as the Director of Cabinet Affairs; John Tupps as the Deputy Communications Director; and Jeri Bustamante as the Press Secretary. All positions are effective December 1st.
Governor Scott said, “John Tupps has been a tireless advocate for our mission to become the number one job creator in the world. Monica and Jeri both did an excellent job on my campaign. They are all focused on our work to make Florida the best place in the world to raise a family and live the American Dream.”
Jeri Bustamante most recently served as Press Secretary for Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera during the reelection campaign where she also assisted with Hispanic media outreach. Prior to that, Bustamante was a communications specialist at the Miami-Dade Property Appraiser’s Office and an associate producer at FOX affiliate WSVN in Miami. She received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in public administration from Florida International University.
Monica Russell most recently served as the Surrogates Director and managed operations for Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera during Governor Scott’s reelection campaign. Before that, Russell served as deputy communications director in the Governor’s Office. From 2013-2014, she served as communications director for the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Previously, Russell was a partner at North Public Relations and served as vice president of government and community affairs for the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce. Russell holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Florida.
John Tupps has served in the Executive Office of the Governor since February, 2011, where he worked in various roles, including most recently as the Governor’s Press Secretary. Originally from Knoxville, TN, Tupps previously worked as a radio producer for South Central Radio Group. He received his bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Tennessee.